Chicago Bike Police

Chicago Bike Police

Chicago Bike Police

I took this picture of Chicago Bike Police pulling over a car last weekend. This happened downtown on the busiest part of Michigan Avenue. Interesting how they did it, placing one bike directly in front of the car to prevent it from driving off and placing two bikes behind the car. The driver of the BMW was not pleased to see me taking his picture, which of course made me happy. Take him down a few notches, Chicago Bike Police!!

The bike police seem to have an office at the oddly name (money talks) McDonald’s Cycling Center downtown, where I park my bike during the work week. The officers have always been very polite – one night during a thunderstorm they asked if I was going to ride home in it and, after I said yes, wished me a safe ride and reminded me to be extra careful.

Despite their status as cyclists most likely to ride the wrong way on a one-way street or on the sidewalk, I’m a fan! In a city where both direct contact with citizens and maneuverability are important for the police, the bike cops seem a better investment than the mayor’s recent contract to replace almost the entire fleet of squad cars with Chevy Tahoes by 2011 – that’s 2,000 SUVs and a lot of gas!


4 thoughts on “Chicago Bike Police

  1. Lynn says:

    I’m always happy to see bike police. They just seem more human and approachable. We have a few in our little suburb of Philadelphia, but I haven’t spoken with any yet. Nice job to have in a quiet town like this!

  2. […] posted about the Chicago bike police before and my impression remains highly favorable. I saw one “corking” an SUV that had […]

  3. tom broster says:

    I always like to see police on bicycles here in Perth Australia as they wear shorts and it’s nice to know they have knees just like the rest of us.

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