04 October 2010

Cyclist! Avoid Fines!

World War Two
The police here in Denmark went after cyclists last week, handing out fines for infractions. It was great to see how text messages played a role in Citizen Cyclists communicating with each other, texting warnings about which streets the police were hiding out on.

It reminded me of this photo, taken here in Copenhagen during the Occupation in the Second World War. There was a curfew back then and a blackout after dark. Here's an enterprising individual on Gyldenløves Street offering his assistance to his fellow cyclists. And helping gang up on the police.

The signs read:
"Greater traffic safety!" (that's funny...)
"Avoid a fine!"
"Stop Cyclist!"
"Fenders painted"
"Lights blacked out"
"Avoid a fine!"

He would paint over your white fender and black out your dynamo lights for you so that the coppers wouldn't get all in your face.

As seen at the Copenhagen City Museum.

7 comments:

portlandize.com said...

I see Twitter updates about stuff like this in Portland. "Cops doing sting at 21st and Clinton ticketing cyclists who roll through stop sign." (where 99% of all traffic on this quiet, neighborhood street moves slowly and safely).

Great to see technology enabling people to avoid pointless punishment.

bentguy said...

Can you elaborate on how this was done?

"It was great to see how text messages played a role in Citizen Cyclists communicating with each other, texting warnings about which streets the police were hiding out on."

Classic Copenhagen said...

The pedestrians help you out too, one saved me a stupid fine when I was trying to take a shortcut on a pedestrian street. So sweet. I think deep down we are all bicyclists. Even when our bike is parked.

Yokota Fritz said...

Ditto for the SF Bay Area -- Tweet alerts sent out enforcement actions and emails sent out to the various local lists (more useful now that people have mobile devices to read thse emails).

Mikael said...

elaborate? friends sent text messages to friends who forwarded them to others.

bentguy said...

Oh, I see. I thought that it may have been something more sophisticated like a bulk sms mail-out or some such thing.

William said...

Are you certain that the rear fender was painted black? I thought that the point was that it was painted white, for greater visibility, that did not affect the visibility-from-the-air (which was why the lights where blacked out)

But yeah, great use of archive material in relevant article.