Thank goodness for the boys in blue (not)

Stoke Newington is CRAWLING with police this morning. You’ve never seen so many police. All over the frigging place.

“What are they doing?”, you ask. Busting a major crack ring? On the trail of a terrorist cell?


Catching cyclists.

Yep – you heard me right. They have Stokey on lock-down so that they can bust people for riding down alleys without dismounting, running red lights, etc.

OK – bad cycling annoys me as much as the next person. I can’t stand the little toads that ride at speed down the pavement – I just shout at them: “are you too frightened to ride on the road?” And running a red light when there are pedestrians around is a no-no for me too.

But seriously – a police crackdown, utilising this many officers to catch a few mildly anti-social cyclists is just absurd. Is this what I pay them for?

A friend of mine was fined £30 by a copper the other day. The crime: going across the pavement with his bike in order to lock it to a railing. He freewheeled the bike, standing on the pedal, like you do. Result a £30 fine. Frigging ridiculous.

So – the question is: now that cycling has begun to really take off as a form of green, healthy transport for Londoners (post-Olympic effect too), who has ordered the police to crack down on cyclists in this absurd manner?

Hey police cadets – looking forward to a glorious career of hassling cyclists?

4 Comments so far

  1. Fabulous Ruby (lon_vikki) on September 5th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    Have you come across the lockdowns at the tube stations yet?

    you get about 30 coppers and a metal detector. Yeah I know they have to do it, theres a lot of knife crime right now. and I do think its a good idea ….

    but 30? THIRTY? and the funny thing is I’ve gone through three. at Houslow, Hatton Cross and Latimer Road – all three times I was told to just go AROUND IT…

    so what chicks don’t carry knifes?

  2. padster on September 8th, 2008 @ 11:30 am

    Ha! The fabulous fatuous Met police knife-crime metal detector circus! Coming to a tube station near you, courtesy of the Daily Mail!

    I had the misfortune to bump into one of those the other week. I have been meaning to blog about it – I have photos. Coming soon, then, I guess…

  3. Fabulous Ruby (lon_vikki) on September 10th, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

    oooh yes, I tried to take photos too but I actually felt intimidated… which isn’t like me.

  4. meaghan on September 12th, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous. I just came back from a trip to Paris and it was quite mind boggling the way that pedestrians, cars and bikers all got along and what a bike-friendly city Paris has become. I signed up for a city tour by bike… something I wouldn’t even dream of doing in London because I wouldn’t trust any tour group could ensure my safety while on a bike in this city.

    I’d love to see London become more bike-friendly overall. Looks like that has to start with local law enforcement.

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