Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 11th, 2006 at 8:40 am
Since that case, the Portland Police have continued to scrutinize bicyclists. They’re citing not only
brakeless fixed-gear bicycle riders without handbrakes, but several other infractions that may not stand up in court including; not using hand signals (which cyclists are not required to do), not riding in the bike lane (which is not always required), and others.
Ginsberg has a stack of at least eight bicycle citations that he thinks are of questionable merit so he requested his own day in court to present them all at once. Ginsberg said he made the request so he could spend more time on each case and honor what he calls, “judicial economy”:
“Traffic court is set up for quick, 10 minute cases…but I plan on spending 45 minutes to an hour on some of these cases so I made the request to make life easier for everyone.”
His request has been granted and on November 6th, he will have his own day in court. I’ve heard some cyclists might even show up outside the courtroom with donuts and coffee. It should be an interesting day.