The long arm of the law
MELBURN BIKE SWAP.
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Late last night I recieved a message.
Sam Warden - riding a $20k Look - booked by a cop (on a bike) for not having a bell! 'SAVE SAMMY'
I googled 'Sam Warden' for images and sure enough, this is what Sam looks like (obviously an old photo)
I also googled '$20k Look bicycle' and this is what came up
This is probably closer to how it actually 'looks.'
If you live your life by the letter of the law, then according to Australian Road Rules, you must have a bell, wear a helmet, reflectors, at lease ONE working brake etc etc.
In my experience I can only assume that Sam has raised the eire of the Police officer in question, and in retaliation the officer has handed Sam perhaps the lamest fine in the book.
Whether it was Sam Warden, or Sam Fox
, a $20 bike, or indeed one worth more than all my bikes put together is irrelevant.
The laws are put in place to protect the people, and not once has a bell ever saved me from danger. At one stage during my courier career in London I had an airhorn (think It's a Knockout!) on my bike. Rather than warn, I found it stunned pedestrians in my path such was it's awesome power.
A bell requires to take you hands from the bars, fumble for the lever and is equally effective to shout 'Oi!' or 'Yo!' as I found myself constantly doing in New York.
Arguing either of the above two points with the officer I'm sure would have given Sam the 'no relectors' bonus infringement I'm sure.
However there is a light for Sam.
A Roobaix reveller, who is also a man of the law has offered to defend him PRO BONO (nothing to do with U2).
This isn't a fight for just one man, it's a fight for all cyclists, a fight for fairness and reason, and if nothing else perhaps we can pass the hat around and chip in to buy Sam a bell, when he spent all his money on carbon clinchers.