Pro cyclist receives a 1am apology phone call from Boulder Police

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Two professional Boulder cyclists were ticketed for riding more than two-abreast before the Boulder officer called them early the next morning and admitted she had misinterpreted the law.

Nicole Duke and her boyfriend Ben Berden -- both professional cyclists -- were riding along Iris Avenue on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. She said she was riding in front with Berden just behind and to the side of her, and that both were riding in the bike lane. But as they were turning on Folsom Street, a Boulder police squad car pulled them over.

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Take a breath!!!

As a law enforcement officer myself (not for the city of Boulder however) AND a cyclist for nearly 25 years now this is not a new situation. It's true, the BPD officer should have known in more detail how the law is written...but it is also true that many, many cyclists in the city limits completely disregard any compliance to the law. This makes us ALL look bad. It happens on the road, and on the trail. I agree though, I probably would not have made a phone call at 1am...but I offer this alternative view...I personally know that when I make a mistake in my duties, it will IMMEDIATELY get into my "moral compass" and I won't feel right until I make it right. Perhaps the fact that the officer screwed up also made her have the need to make amends right away. I wish more public servants would have the huevos to prouldy say they made a mistake vs. just standing behind their uniform.

No traffic laws were broken

No traffic laws were broken in this story. Why do you feel the need to point out that sometimes traffic laws are broken?

The same thing happens in the DC comments. When the cyclist was killed by the drunk driver in Lyons, everyone crawls out of the gutter to post their stupid anecdotal irrelevant vitriol about bike riders who roll through stop signs.

Do some cyclists break traffic laws? Yes.
Do drivers? Yes

There, get over it.

Well now....

OK, let's see. Unnecessary stopping of a cyclist who had done nothing wrong. Patrol car in the bike lane impeding other cyclists that might come by. 1am apology call. And then Matt wants to make this about cyclists who HAVE done something wrong? Maybe I should write about the car that passed me badly this weekend and allude to how it makes ALL drivers look bad. Really? Since we cyclists seem to be expected to help other riders be more compliant with traffic laws, so that we can ALL be seen as law abiding, what are drivers doing on that front? What's good for the goose is good for the gander, eh?

Your right..."we cyclists

Your right..."we cyclists seem to be expected to help other riders be more compliant with traffic laws..." It's not about what drivers are doing...it's about what WE are doing. Sure, we can make drivers wrong all day long...and that won't do a thing about how we are treating our own situation. I believe the article quite clearly pointed out the fact that it was an unnecessary stop, and the 1am call was certainly out of the ordinary. What we need to realize is that when CYCLISTS don't follow the rules, it attracts unwanted and in this case, un-warrented attention to us. Again, I must say, this has NOTHING to do with drivers. You most certainly could write about the car that passed you badly, however I assert this would be better served on a news site devoted to cars and drivers, not bikes and riding. Don't know about the gander, but I do know that if we continue to act as if it's everyone else's fault...our goose is cooked.

It bothers me that more and more cyclists seem to think that they actually CAN blow through red lights, stop signs, not stop for pedestrians and weave in and out of traffic and when something like this happens...there is a total lack of self-reflection or any kind of community accountability. I say to you....Well now.....Really?

I am sure I'll be blasted for

I am sure I'll be blasted for this being a dumb question but I am out riding a lot and I see everything from guys I know have years of experience racing/riding to grandma out tooling around disregarding common traffic courtesies. Both require different ways of communicating to be effective. Has anybody here had success telling another rider hey man, that effects us all, if so what did you say, how did they receive it? Personally I want to say something I just don't want to piss someone off so much by saying something that they can't hear what I am trying to communicate.

Cars and Drivers site

Matt, you write...."You most certainly could write about the car that passed you badly, however I assert this would be better served on a news site devoted to cars and drivers, not bikes and riding."

Hmmmm. Please send a link to this site, I'll be happy to share my experience, and the hundreds of others I've had over the years. I'm sure the unsafe drivers are out there just waiting to hear from me and change their approach.

I also disagree with statements that seem to indicate that cyclists are getting worse at following the rules. My experience on the road says otherwise, although I do not profess to speak for every situation that a bike is on the road or path or sidewalk in every location in Boulder (or Colorado, or USA) at every time of day. I would love to see stats that show the facts of code compliance. In my eyes the issue is that there are more of us, not worsening behavior.

And when you say "when something like this happens...there is a total lack of accountability" what are you saying? The cyclists in this case didn't do anything to be accountable for. Really.

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