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I don't know if it's THAT much of a stretch to tie it to the mayor's ignorance of traffic laws and mis-use of police escorts. They do, after all, set the stage by saying that there was no word where the mayor's more expensive bikes were. I don't know about you all, but that's the first thing that came to my mind. What I'm wondering if why they didn't bring up the expensive Colnago!

Mike DeBonis mentioned the Colnago.

Here's the steps.

Bikes stolen -> not the expensive ones -> like the Mayor rides -> when he's breaking the law.

That less step is the one that doesn't fit. In a Kevin Bacon way I could tie almost any story to this one in four steps. Watch.

Bikes stolen -> bikes don't need gasoline -> gasoline comes from oil -> like the oil spill in the Gulf.

I don't know if it's THAT much of a stretch to tie it to the mayor's ignorance of traffic laws and mis-use of police escorts.

The legend of the scofflaw mayor grows. Go back to the original WTOP video, and tell me exactly how the mayor was misusing his police escort and what laws he was ignorant of. The whole story was based on innuendo -- the innuendo that cycling in the street is somenow illegal. It isn't.

Running a red light with an escort stopping the oncoming traffic for starters - that particular one was right at Rock Creek Parkway and Independence Avenue.

It's political and off topic "in a Kevin Bacon way" because he's a politician. It's not unrelated to other ethical questions about his mayorship. In other words, to paraphrase the book, it's not entirely about the bike.

Sloppy reporting by Fox5. If they're going to use the bike theft as an opportunity to take a cheap shot at Fenty (which is exactly what they are doing) then at least get the details right.

Running a red light with an escort stopping the oncoming traffic for starters - that particular one was right at Rock Creek Parkway and Independence Avenue.
Look at the actual video. Around the 30-second mark the group has a green light and stops for an ambulance (that's the siren you hear, not the police officer). At the 34-second mark the ambulance has passed and they enter the intersection and the light is clearly yellow. In DC it's legal to enter the intersection on yellow. The police officer is not doing anything but following, he's certainly not "stopping the oncoming traffic" because the cross traffic still has the red.

This scene is typical of the piece -- the narrator is saying "the Mayor and his team routinely run red lights, aided by police officers," while the video is showing them obeying every traffic law.

As for the misuse of escorts: I personally believe that security details are way, way over-used and are more about convenience and display of power than security. But if you're going to have a detail, is there something special about cycling that makes it less of a legitimate use of a detail than anything else the mayor does? I remember Barry having his detail drive him to tennis games and Williams having his detail take him down to the river to go canoing.

Contrarian, you and I obviously disagree on the legality of what's in the video, but I think you're missing my point.

This has nothing to do with cycling and everything to do with the guy on the bike.

I feel like that character in Casablanca - I am shocked - SHOCKED! - to find out there's gambling going on here. OF COURSE, the media is going to use these kinds of events to take pot-shots at the mayor. What's unfortunate for him is how many problems he creates for himself (not this most recent one, obviously, but certainly with the running stop signs and red lights thing and with the Colnago).

Chris, if they had followed him around in his car going through a yellow light it would have been a non-story. I'm not shocked that the media got things wrong or tied two unrelated stories together, I just wish they wouldn't.

That's not just going through a yellow light. It's yellow turning red, with a motorcycle escort. Anyone who's ever seen the mayor ride his bike at Hains Point also knows he runs through the stop signs. We all do at Hains Point, of course, but we're not all elected officials. The mayor had, at the time of that report, already established a reputation of being arrogant. The story takes that perception and runs it with with behavior that clearly communicates arrogance.

It's regrettable that the story is tied to a negative view of cyclists, but ultimately, I would imagine that one's views on the media tying two unrelated stories together for a political agenda depends on one's views of the target.

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