Thursday, 28 November 2013
GMP clowning around?
"Operation Grimaldi" took place over a three day period last week, being the last instalment of the campaign which has been going on for most of the year. Last week's action was mainly in the South City centre area and around Oxford Road / Wilmslow Road . Yes, the student area where most cyclists are. Much safer going after young middle-class unarmed youngsters than the gun toting members of the community.
Joseph Grimaldi was a famous clown in the Regency Period and the operation to which his name was given has some clownish elements. Apparently cyclists can avoid paying their fines if they attend "Cyclist awareness events" . Whatever they are. ("Well it's got two wheels, a chain and no engine. It's either a broken commode or a cycle".) Interestingly cyclists using mobile phones were ticketed as well. Is it illegal to use a mobile on a bike? One driver had their car seized for " driving antisocially (section 59 police reform act warning)." Whatever THAT means.
We have no objection to genuine road safety campaigns, but there is something odd about a campaign which from the outset has a get out from paying fines.