Woman Cuffed and Stuffed for Riding Bicycle to Work

Below is a disturbing video of a woman who got stopped, cuffed, and placed in police car and had her bag searched while riding her bicycle to work.  The officer who did this claimed he cuffed her because, "you were throwing stuff at me.  You handed the ID card to me like you wanted to use it as a weapon and throw it at me."

The reason the officer stopped her was because a person called the police and noted there was a man and woman riding bicycles at looking at driveways.

Because the officer had a video camera on him we get to see the truth of what actually happened.

People who ride bikes have several options available to video tape their rides and interactions with others.  My personal favorite is the fly 6 rear and fly 12 front cams.  They continuously record and tape over so you don't need to delete video but you can save it when necessary.  The fly 12 also allows gps map overlays and three foot dram lines.

The saddest part of this story is that it was this woman's first ride to work and she made a comment that she may no longer want to ride her bicycle because of this officer's actions.  I don't blame her.  It is pretty scary to see an officer lie and say she threw things at him when she did not.  Imagine if the there was no video and the woman had a prior record.  The officer could make up whatever lies he wanted and most people would believe him because they would think since she has a prior record and since the story is coming from a police officer, the officer must be telling the truth and she must be lying. 

Delaware Passes Idaho Stop Law for Bicyclists-Will Wisconsin Be Next?

Delaware just became the second state in the U.S. to pass a law that allows people riding bicycles to slow instead of stop. See wording below. 

One study shows that requiring people who ride bikes to stop at intersections increases the chance of collisions.  Also, it will be interesting to see if a law like this takes away a portion of the hatred most people who choose to drive cars show towards people who ride bikes. 

Maybe now that rolling stop signs is legal, less people will get enraged when they witness it whilst sitting behind the wheel of their car (probably distracted by their phone).  On the other hand, it may just increase the jealousy some people experience when stuck in traffic and watching others engage in an activity that saves them money and makes them health.  Time will tell.  Let's hope Wisconsin passes a similar law soon. 

An interesting side note, people who fail to stop at stop signs while riding bicycles in Wisconsin are treated less harshly than those who do the same thing in motor vehicles.  

Another side note, people riding bikes facing a red signal in Wisconsin can proceed through after first waiting at least 45 seconds for the light to change.  See Wis. Stat. 346.37 (1). 

Delaware rolling stop law:

(c) A bicycle operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection with a roadway having 2 or fewer lanes for moving traffic shall reduce speed and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection, except that a person, after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.