Unicyclist pulled over by police

I was riding home thru Brooklyn yesterday on my Coker. I got to a red
light and saw that the only car coming was still far back enough that I
could easily make it across the street. I crossed in front of it. It was a
police van.

Not thinking anything of it (hey, this is New York; it’s not like I
haven’t done that before!), I kept going.

Two blocks later, I heard a siren. It was a police van. The officers
seemed to be motioning for me to stop. I was in a rush, so I kept going,
hoping they were after someone else or had just squelched the siren for
another reason. They motioned me to stop. I considered making a break for
it, but this is never too wise, so I hopped off.

They politely admonished me for riding thru a red light and told me not to
do it and to be more careful. I didn’t argue back. End of story.

Boy, they sure made it around that block fast!

David Stone

Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
@ Central Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

Looks like David learned from the Crazy Lady with Mace encounter… this was definately a cusp moment for him: take flight? Dismount? Take flight? Could have gone either way. At least this way, we get to here it straight from David, instead of CNN.

Do you think you could have lost 'em?

Christopher

did they ask you if you were in the circus?they had to have said somthing like everybody does.if they did’nt that means they already know who you are :astonished:

RE: Unicyclist pulled over by police

> Two blocks later, I heard a siren. It was a police van. The officers
> seemed to be motioning for me to stop. I was in a rush, so I
> kept going, hoping they were after someone else or had just
> squelched the siren for another reason. They motioned me to stop.
> I considered making a break for it, but this is never too
> wise, so I hopped off.

Of course you can run from the police on a Coker. We see it all the time on
those “driving” TV shows on Discovery and TLC. A guy in a rental van tries
to outrun 5 police cars and a helicopter. I guy drives off a bridge, gets
out of the wrecked car, and keeps running.

Oops, all those people got caught.

> They politely admonished me for riding thru a red light and
> told me not to do it and to be more careful.

Wow, you were lucky. You blatantly blew through a red light in front of
them. They could have given you an expensive ticket I bet. Wouldn’t that
have been something to brag about?

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com

“We were discussing Big Mac Meals. I think that has little if anything to do
with cow parts. There are probably more UNICYCLE parts in a Big Mac than cow
parts.” - Greg Harper on cuisine

Last year I worked on an event with many presidents, kings/queens, dictators, ministers, and other criminals.
The location was bombed (whats in a name) to international area, and so the United Nations Police was in charge.
The many police-(wo)men/dogs/horses, militair-police, soldiers, secret-service, security, regular national police (not allowed to do anything), helicopters, tanks, etc. etc. were making it nasty to enter the building.
Like the stilt walkers trough the metal-detector (“please follow me” and examine their bodies).
And like my coffee-helmet trough the x-ray (“what’s that?” “well, exactly what it looks like: a helmet with a coffee-can on it” “uhm…well…okay… you may pass!”).
Hours latere, finaly inside, the chief of UN-Police start hitting one of our female-stilt walker (such a brave hero, wearing so many medals, now hitting a woman!!!).
Right after that incident I witnessed him being told the things he already knew (that we were booked by the goverment).
However later -when I ride my mini-bicycle and let people atemp to ride- he came over to me.
Before he reached me I decide to handle the best tactic to drive this kind of people crazy: remain calm, fight with clever arguments in stead of use of any form of violence.

he, annoyed:
> “You can not ride you bike over here”.
I, obvious fake smiling:
< “Well, this floor is excellent”.
he, now more annoyed:
> “No, I mean in this building”.
I, obvious fake suprised:
< “really? I don’t believe it I’ve performed here several times before. I love it”.
he, even more annoyed:
> “No I mean for the safity”.
I fake thankfull:
< “Oh, don’t worry about me. I’m experienced”.
he, now angry:
> “No not for you, for the people”.
I, overfriendly helpfull:
< “Oh, its not dangerous. Try it yourself, I will help you”.
he, shouting:
> “No I don’t wanne ride your bike, this is a international conference!”.
(meanwhile 4 extreme tall/strong almost-as-wide-as-long UN-police officers start surrounding me)
I, calm explaining the things I knew he knewed:
< “Yes, I know that, that’s why I’m here”.
he, hopeless:
> "But bla bla |
I interupt:
< “Look, they booked me to ride this bike over here, doooh youu understand?”.
he, bossy/cranky:
> "Yes, but bla |
I turn arround and drive away, not too fast, but leaving them doubting what to do.
After then I was followed by these 5 men who care very seriously about international security.
It’s hard to work when such circumstances last long.
So I start playing them, I go one floor up; they follow, I go one floor down; they follow, I go one floor up; they follow, a.s.o, a.s.o.
After a while they lost me and I pass them from behind.
Finaly they decided to do something other usefull something.
And I continue to the regular animation, and drop an o-so-friendly smile to the chief each time I meet him again.

During the break I met some of the almost-as-wide-as-long guys.
In line for lunch I find out that actualy one of them wants to try my mini-bike.
When I offer him to help he sais “no, no, I don’t dare, I’m wearing this uniform”.
Man, such hero with so many medals, but too scared to ride a mini bike.

RE: Unicyclist pulled over by police

> < “Look, they booked me to ride this bike over here, doooh youu
> understand?”.

Oh yes. How many times have I also been in that situation? On the one hand
you have someone in charge of an event, hiring you to do a service. On the
other hand you have someone in charge of security, telling you what not to
do.

So. Who to obey? Well, you have one person who’s in charge of the event,
of which you are a part. You have another person in charge of security at
the event, who may actually be on the payroll of the same person as you. I
would follow the instructions of the person paying me (unless I know them to
be illegal or unsafe). :slight_smile:

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com

“We were discussing Big Mac Meals. I think that has little if anything to do
with cow parts. There are probably more UNICYCLE parts in a Big Mac than cow
parts.” - Greg Harper on cuisine

Re: Unicyclist pulled over by police

That was the funniest post I’ve read in a long time.
I like your style!

“leo” <leo.2wtdy@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message news:leo.2wtdy@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> However later -when I ride my mini-bicycle and let people atemp to ride-
> he came over to me.
> Before he reached me I decide to handle the best tactic to drive this
> kind of people crazy: remain calm, fight with clever arguments in stead
> of use of any form of violence.
>

I agree with Import Car fan, that got a grin from me. but, err
, uhhh, I still really think my thread on “Materials not for Muni frame”, was funnier:p …

Drrrr, uhh, especially my response “about being on a stage”

Okay, okay, I’m done with my bad humor. At least I can ride better than my humor makes people laugh.

Boy, things must be bad, I really don’t want to lesson plan for tomorrow.

Later.

Re: Unicyclist pulled over by police

rhysling.2wnlm@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:
>
>Looks like David learned from the Crazy Lady with Mace encounter… this
>was definately a cusp moment for him: take flight? Dismount? Take
>flight? Could have gone either way. At least this way, we get to
>here it straight from David, instead of CNN.
>
>Do you think you could have lost 'em?
>
>Christopher

Had I felt that I could lose them, then it would have sounded more like:
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Crash.

I really DID consider making a ‘run’ for it but thankfully didn’t. Part of
my reasoning (albeit, this came about in a franction of a second, if that
counts for reasoning) was that the ticket might not be so expensive or
might be contestable – maybe a good chance to get into the whole legal
issue of where unicycles fit. But then I figured, also, that they could
very well spot me again (gee, how many huge unis are there in that part of
Brooklyn?), so dismount won clearly.

Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
@ Central Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

I think Foss is right…a ticket would have constituted unlimited bragging rights. When it looked like you were going to get off with a warning it should have been a clue to become belligerent to ensure that you got that ticket. Next time remember that pushing a police officer down in front of his colleagues will take that confrontation to the next level for you. Then, when you’re in the back of the squad car with your hands cuffed behind you, politely remind them that the charge is not assault but a minor traffic violation and that a unicycle is involved.

But police can have humour to:

At a whatever-many-years anniversary of the police in Rotterdam.
Also on this event I did do the mini-bike.
I test them if they were able to become “local area police officer” who in Holland very often do duty trough the hood on bicycle (in Belgium -no kidding- they now have even blue flashlights on it).
Anyway, I explained that the minimum requirement was being able to ride the mini bike.
As intro-blurp I asked them what function they currently had.

One man said: well I work at the wather-police,
so maybe next time when you have a canal-bike…
(how suprising in a city like the biggest port of Europe).

Later after some fun with others, a couple came in.
She as-babe-as-posible and he as-cool-as-posible.
When I asked for their functions he replied:
“Well, she is working at abuse & sexual assault investigation,
and I’m assisting at case-reconstructions…”

I had no reply quickly available.

Further I’ve heard about a police officer in Amsterdam who tried last year to get a unicyle paid by “his boss”,
to do surveillance and chasing of pedestrians on it.

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harper.2ycpm@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes helpfully:
>
>I think Foss is right…a ticket would have constituted unlimited
>bragging rights. When it looked like you were going to get off with a
>warning it should have been a clue to become belligerent to ensure that
>you got that ticket. Next time remember that pushing a police officer
>down in front of his colleagues will take that confrontation to the next
>level for you.

OK, so just that everyoner understands, I have made this handy matrix:

CAR UNICYCLE
TICKET big deal! brag away!
NO TICKET brag away! big deal!

David Stone

Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
@ Central Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

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Hey. I don’t understand. Get Kaplan to show it to his too-serious physics teacher and ask him to invert it. I think the top row is missing an element, perhaps a Krispy-Kreme donut.

If getting a ticket allows you unlimited bragging rights,
then what does an arrest allow you?

RE: Unicyclist pulled over by police

> CAR UNICYCLE
> TICKET big deal! brag away!
> NO TICKET brag away! big deal!

Funny!

But that’s just for the first person to get one. The second person won’t be
nearly as cool.

JF

What an inspiring story. I like the sub headline, “owns several unicycles” as if it were a cache of weapons or ammunition; as if that matters either. This guy has it all over Stone.

Eddie hasn’t posted to the newsgroup in over a year. I fear that he may be in jail now for his reckless unicycling. :frowning:

john_childs

If you want to see something really funny, go to Eddie’s post here and follow his link about the coverage of the Coker in Austin. The press link has changed but find out where it takes you. What a scream.

http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11222&highlight=eddie+moffat

Is this just a coincidence?

He’s still listed on the Austin Ballet roster:

Fast Eddie

Perhaps they let him out to dance…

Christopher

Re: Unicyclist pulled over by police

The last time I saw Eddie was in January and he told me that he was
moving to Indianapolis sometime in May. It sucks that he is leaving
Austin because I love seeing him around town. One of the most bad ass
riders I have ever seen. K, bye.

Aj