Monday, March 23, 2009
My wife and I went for lovely walk along the Capital Crescent Trail this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and check out Kensington. We were rudely disturbed in our serenity by a police officer on a motorcycle. I enjoy my own Harley, and I support police officers in their work to keep us all safe. Further, I'm even glad to see the Montgomery Country Police Department patrolling the trail. However, is it truly necessary to do it on a Harley, a vehicle intended for the streets. According the the Capital Crescent Trail website, it is designated 'car-free, park-like setting." In general Maryland traffic laws consider motorcycles to be similar to cars in that they may not pass in a lane already having a car in it. I understand that if there is an emergency, the police might need to ride their Harleys on the Capital Crescent Trail, but in this case, with no sirens running, I doubt that to be the case. I also expect that any response by Montgomery County Police Department to be defensive in nature because that's generally how police operate when we the citizens questions them. I would be happy to be proved wrong.
I must contrast this with my experiences on Worth Way in West Sussex over Christmas break when I saw two police officers jogging, having left their car at the road, to look for a possible abducted child.
Posted by Harry Buckles at 2:28 PM