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Letter: "Having An Albany Police Officer Do Nothing Put A Really Bad Taste In Our Mouths"

One reader expresses frustration about a near-accident with cyclists on San Pablo. Albany Patch welcomes guest columns and letters to the editor via email at albany@patch.com.

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We were almost run over by two speeding bicyclists, on the sidewalk near the Mechanics Bank driveway and Nizza La Bella, last week just shy of 7 p.m.

The real kicker was that the bicyclists were heading directly at an Albany Police car, turning onto Washington, from San Pablo.

We couldn't believe what we saw next.

Despite res ipsa loquitur and my concomitant ministrations, the officer just kept on going.

So did we.

All the way to Bucci's.

That wasn't our first bike incident on the San Pablo sidewalk near Nizza, but having an Albany police officer do nothing put a really bad taste in our mouths, and we just had to leave the area.

--Bob Hink

Randell September 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Amy - Thank you for the info. I ride a bicycle daily and my comment is based on 10 years of observation. I am glad there are organizations like Strollers and Rollers, however, I am concerned there are a lot of people who believe it is OK to run stop signs when riding bikes because the police allow it. Flagarently.
Tim Q. Cannon September 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I saw a jogger with a stroller in the bike lane on Marin yesterday...I figured him for a Darwin award winner....
You Enjoy Myself September 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
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Stephanie Travis September 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I have twice had direct contact with Albany police officers. Both times officers responded very quickly and took my concerns seriously. Frankly, I could have not asked for better and quicker service from any police department. I have never held any office in Albany, either elective or as an appointment, so I think it’s safe to say I was not given special treatment. I don’t know how the system works in Albany, but I understand in many cities priorities for ticketing are not set by individual police officers but either by an entity like a city council or a police chief, at the behest of an administrative body. If people feel bicyclists (or any group) are given a pass in Albany when they break the law then I think they should find who sets priorities for the Albany police and make clear to the City they want a change in how laws are enforced. As it’s the City Council that controls the police budget, I suggest you start there. It is my opinion the childish remarks made by some in the comments on this issue are neither helpful nor original. I think we should remember that unlike any other professions in this City, the bottom line for fire fighters and police officers is they are expected to put their lives on the line to protect our children, our property and ourselves. Constructive criticism is one thing, however, vacuous belittling remarks may make the writer feel better but in the end they achieve nothing but soil the tenor of the discussion.
Tatter Salad November 06, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Last week, on San Pablo, 2 blocks north of University my neighbor was riding on the sidewalk. A Berkeley cop cut him off ( stopped him), asked for I.D. and told him that riding a bike on the sidewalk was illegal. Back-up showed up as well for the incident. As I've said before: Albany didn't know how good they had it when the Police Chief answered to us, and not the City Manager. Public relations (the 'Elvis' bit; 'baseball cards' of the officers were all in vogue; President Clinton singled out Albany PoPo for an award). He was an advocate of logical Police work conducted at the Sargent level; his priorities were 'carefully listening to citizens' as he walked about on Solano Ave. (or encountered them at the RaceTrack LOL!). Part of the reason he was given the boot was his inability to contain 'overtime' hours of his men. In the last 6 months, there has been a GREAT DEAL of overtime, -performed in lieu of NOT hiring extra uniforms. McQuiston is good, the uniforms like him, he does exactly what the City Manager asks of him and doesn't rock the boat... even when it would be in Albany's best interest that he does.

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