A SUMMONS for Biking on the sidewalk?
I'm worried that this might start a biker vs. non-biker war on the forums, but I thought I'd bring it up anyway....
I just got a ticket for riding my bike on the sidewalk (5th ave. down by the stone park), but instead of it being like a parking ticket where you can just pay it online or in the mail, it's a SUMMONS! Apparently, I have to show up in court! In Red Hook!
What's up with that??? First off, I think it's insanely silly to give tickets out in Park Slope for riding on the sidewalk. Any biker in the 'hood knows how useless our bike lanes can become with the incessant double parking and all that. Personally, I try to avoid the sidewalk like the plague just cuz it's way slower and definitely be annoying to pedestrians, but sometimes you're forced onto it by traffic and double parkers and if you go slow what's the deal? It's like Jay Walking, yes, I get it, it's dangerous in principal, but come on, who doesn't jay walk now and then.
Still, I understand sometimes you're gonna get a stupid ticket for silly offenses. That's how it is. But what's up with the COURT DATE?!?! That just seems like an insane waste of tax payer money.
Anybody ever have to go to court for riding their bike on the sidewalk? WTF?