Someone sent me this second hand, so I can't speak to the accuracy of it, but thought I would share. Discount accordingly.
I was "awarded" a $90 ticket today! Yay me! Right in my own neighborhood here in Bethesda, Md.I was running an errand on my lunch break with my bicycle. I was on the sidewalk because I don't like riding in the streets. But it was lunch time so I was on and off to avoid large groups on the sidewalk.Sirens turn on behind me. The police stop me.Officer: He's say do I have a license?Me: I do have a driver's license. I hand it over.(He writes me a ticket, stating I made an illegal right turn on red. SMH.)I said: There was no traffic and I wanted to avoid the people on the sidewalk so I went into the street.He says: Riding your bike on the side walk is illegal too.Me: I don't know any of these things. Thanks for warning me.Officer: There have been studies to prove warnings don't work, so I write tickets.During Ticketing Process: 5 white people ride by on their bikes with officer there. (I was thinking I guess the laws are different for them)Witnesses including clients, gym members, neighbors, and random witnesses all stood around. They couldn't believe how petty this was. They all tried to talk to me during this process to keep me calm. If they didn't believe that Black men get treated differently they got to witness it in that moment.The positive is: I'm still alive, and highly favored.
Sec. 31-5. Driving over curbs, sidewalks or drainage structures. (b) Bicycles which are not motorized and special vehicles used by handicapped persons may be operated upon sidewalk areas and appurtenant drainage structures designed for pedestrian use except where, in the judgment of the county executive, it is necessary for the safety or control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic to prohibit riding of such vehicles.