LAPD still giving out tickets for suspended bike license law

Remember back in January when when the City Council suspended the bike license program after LAPD Chief Bratton recommended discontinuing the program all together? You might recall that since the program was suspended and no more licenses are being issued, the Chief issued a moratorium on the law until and can be officially removed. Well, turns out some officers don’t seem to care about that.


This photo shows LA cyclist Alex Thompson being handcuffed Saturday night for, get ready for this, walking in a cross walk while there is a red hand showing. He was in cuffs for 20 minutes, but he wasn’t trying to cross when they grabbed him. He was trying to take a photo of another cyclist who was being cited by Officer Schube for not having a bike license. More details on West Side Bike Side -as you can imagine this one will be going to court. On the list of the worst people in the city to give a bike license citation to, the people who were actively involved with getting the law suspended 3 months prior are probably towards the top of the list. This one is going to be interesting…

[Photo of Alex Thompson in cuffs by Gary Se7en, used with permission]

8 thoughts on “LAPD still giving out tickets for suspended bike license law”

  1. lol, I love that charge, “walking in a cross walk while there is a red hand showing.” Just imagine what someone 100 years ago would imagine upon reading that.

  2. Cross against the red hand is illegal and in Glendale and other cities they will cite you for it, bike or no bike. The ticket issued is for “jay walking” and they are handed out often. That said, he really was hassled for photo-ing an officer citing someone else that technically is a newsworthy event onto itself.

    Being cuffed for that was out of line but we must me missing something else still.

  3. Whats the story with the person on left? The one with deer in the headlights stare. Thats what jumped out at me in this picture

  4. Does it REALLY take 6 or MORE police officers to handcuff a person on a bike? Must have been a REALLY slow night. Oh wait, this is LA, there’s NOTHING slow about LA except for the city to approve improvements to streets, buildings, anything that is not owned or used by someone famous.

    I guess I could have left out the last sentence, but I ain’t.

  5. That’s a lot of cops for one jaywalker. What are you supposed to do
    when the light turns green, but the symbol is the “Red Hand” flashing?
    I just walk anyway, I’ve never been cited.

  6. To the LAPD, cyclists are easy pickings. With the exception of the The International Association of Armed Librarians – Mobile Assault Force, cyclists are typically unarmed, safety-conscientious, upright citizens, that tend to be an especially cooperative group not intent on breaking laws.

    Because group rides are highly visible, and tend to ride in deserted areas where the typical Angeleno fears to tread, the LAPD has zeroed-in on bikes. Rather than pursue armed gangbangers, parolees, thieves, vandals, and other prevalent criminals they harass riders. Why? Because, well, pursuing dedicated criminals is dangerous, and would be more work than apprehending the scourge on society that is found in riding a bicycle on the streets of Los Angeles.

    It is no wonder why the largest mass arrest at the Los Angeles Democratic National Convention in 2000, was not sling-shot shooting, bottle throwing Anarchists; but a bunch of happy-go-unlucky cyclists all rounded up for riding bikes in a Critical Mass ride.

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