Monday, August 08, 2005

The war on bikes continues

This article comes from nyc indy media and illustrates how the cops are being brainwashed to hate bicycles:

August 08, 2005
'PARTYBIKE' PEDALERS: COPS TRYING TO BREAK OUR CYCLE

The NYPD is pushing the pedalers out of Times Square.

By Michael Kane

[The following is a telling article from the August 7 NY Post about the situation in my workplace. Sound familiar? -WS]

Operators of the Partybike — a circular bicycle built for seven — say they're being unfairly targeted by cops, who've ticketed the big red tourist-mobiles more than 100 times in their 16 months of operation.

"The police say we're clogging traffic and that we're dangerous — but there's no law against riding a bike, any bike, on a city street," said driver Paul Crisci, who personally has been cited 15 times for charges like impeding vehicular traffic, no standing, and disorderly conduct. All of the charges against Partybike have been dismissed in court, he said.

Partybike owner Don Domite said police "harassment" really kicked in after he bought nine new bikes in June, bringing the total to 16.

"The cops want us out of business, and they're singling us out," said Domite, who complains that five of his $11,000 bikes were held as "evidence" for almost three months. "They charged us with vending without a license," he added. "But we're not even required to have one."

Crisci alleges that one cop said to him: "I told you I was gonna get you. I got this bike now, and I'm gonna get all of them."

A police spokesman said he was unaware of any policy to target Partybikes, but added, "We don't just write summonses to write summonses."

Crisci, who is pursuing a civil action, said the final straw came last week, when he was detained for 13 hours on an outstanding-warrant rap that was dismissed.

"I was in a holding cell with violent criminals, drug offenders, you name it," he said. "And one guy actually said, 'So, what are you in for?'

" 'For riding a Partybike,' I answered."

Additional reporting by Philip Messing

13 Comments:

Blogger Cosmopolis said...

Are you serious? This is what you are defending. This is a rolling tourist trap not a bicycle. Imagine trying to negotiate your way through Times Square only to be stuck in the bike lane behind this thing filled with yokals clicking away on their camera phones.

http://www.partybike.com/

I say let them melt it down and build seven descent bikes with it.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Michael Green said...

I agree, that thing is kind of stupid. But it's a non-polluting kind of stupid, unlike the hundreds of grayline buses that clog our streets escorting fat tourists too lazy to actually explore a neighborhood. Are those buses every regulated through Time's Square? How often does the city flip over backwords when Justin Timberlake visits MTV studios and fans pour out into the street causing more traffic than any critical mass. God forbid some guy wants to have a goofy bike that people can actually excercise on. What a menace to society.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather ride behind the party bike,than a HUMMER.

3:41 PM  
Blogger msopell said...

yes this party bike is stupid - so stupid in fact that it deserves to roam freely. the problem is that people are flocking to times square in huge packs and the sidewalks are filled beyond capacity, the lowriders have turned the streets into a circle and cruise lane, those ugly smelly pathetic tour buses choke off the shoulders, building erected random security barriers on the pedestrian ways, and the big solution to all this is to nail the party bike guy. this contraption is ridiculous - so ridiculous i am personally insulted that it is even called a bike since it provides neither legitemate conveyance or transport, but rememeber that the real enemy is the automotive sprawl.

2:05 PM  
Blogger msopell said...

yes this party bike is stupid - so stupid in fact that it deserves to roam freely. the problem is that people are flocking to times square in huge packs and the sidewalks are filled beyond capacity, the lowriders have turned the streets into a circle and cruise lane, those ugly smelly pathetic tour buses choke off the shoulders, building erected random security barriers on the pedestrian ways, and the big solution to all this is to nail the party bike guy. this contraption is ridiculous - so ridiculous i am personally insulted that it is even called a bike since it provides neither legitemate conveyance or transport, but rememeber that the real enemy is the automotive sprawl.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont forget that people need to be able to get around times square to spend their kansas and iowa dollars on trinkets and lard. hopefully the city will get its act together and ban cars at least during peak hours and weekends.

2:18 PM  
Blogger charioteer said...

I personally think that this is an incredibly inventive venture that this man, Don Domite, has taken on.

Unless we live our lives in an imaginative way, and follow our dreams to reality, we can't really be said to live at all! This is what he has done.

Can these other commenters say that about their dreams?

This is basically a civil rights violation where the only transportation allowed must move at the posted speed limit...or be on a narrow track on the shoulder, like a two-wheeled bicycle is.

Take a moment and do a google websearch on all of the incredible human-powered vehicles to be found alive and well in Europe.

Their city transportation planning has made room for a 'slow lane' which allows for people to accomplish daily tasks by their own steam.

What if we had ability over here to use those same type of vehicles? Some are designed to be rain and winter proof as well, with hybrid electric motor assist.

I wholeheartedly support what Don Domite is doing - and perchance I could join forces with him in his human-powered 'kinetic art' endeavor?

I am an inventor/artist, and have designed and built elegant human-powered 'balancing vehicles' which I call 'Skedaddlehopper's. I believe that it is a further evolution of the traditional 'Hong Kong taxi' rickshaw - where the driver runs and pulls a two-wheeled cart.

Now, with the correct use of the laws of physics, I have discovered how to use 'conservation of momentum' to allow an average-sized athletic individual pull around 750-1000 pounds of people on level asphalt with relative ease...all day long!

My invention works off of the priciple of a 'clock escapement' in a grandfather clock. It's the 'tick-tock' mechanism which governs the penduluum unwinding the spring.

In other words, the driver gets to 'moonwalk' and take great strides while leaning over a padded stomach bar - balance by the passenger weight.

My invention has been tried and tested in Woodstock, NY for several years giving many rides without one mishap.

Here is my website, and I hope that someone will forward this on to Don Domite to contact me. Thanks
http://darinselby.1hwy.com

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Blogger Greg said...

I am actually closely related to Don Domite and I know paul. I am also a friend w/ one of the new owners.

From what ive seen in times square no one dislikes this bike, except for some motorists and cops. It is almost an attraction, Ive seen hundreds of people taking pictures of the Party bike. Ive driven one before and unless these motorists are compete idiots, it shouldnt be to hard to avoid.

I say keep the bike!!!!!!

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3:30 PM  

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