Today I was stopped by a bike police officer for "riding in a dismount zone." The fact is I was getting onto my bike while going through the dismount sign onto a "bike legal" sidewalk. It was 3:45 p.m. and I was between Clark A and C. No students were even close to me while I began to ride. I understand, as Officer Sullivan explained, the bike cops at CSU are "only trying to do their job." The frustration comes into play when they are writing $15 tickets for something as harmless as getting onto your bike while rolling through a dismount sign leaving an illegal area. If the bike police want to do their job in serving CSU students, give tickets to the kids who ride bikes/skate boards/long boards through the plaza in the middle of the day risking the chance of harming another student.
To Officer Sullivan: Thank you for the ticket. You have discouraged me to ride my bike on or around campus. You have proven that no matter how much I want to think bike police are beneficial on this campus, in reality they are discouraging to students. You explained to me that the job you have as a bike police officer pays your tuition. Well I pay my own tuition also and you just took $15 from me for getting on my bike while crossing the sign into legal territory. My advice, give tickets to those who ride dangerously and put others in harm's way.