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Bartonville Says No to the Peloton

According to the Star-Telegram:

By a 4-0 vote of the Bartonville City Council, any group of 10 bicyclists or more must apply 45 days in advance and buy a $50 permit.

“We listened to our citizens,” said Councilman Bill Reaves, who made the motion on June 15 to expand the town’s public events law to include any gathering of 10 or more walkers, runners or cyclists.

Read more at www.star-telegram.com.

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16 Comments

  1. DominicJuly 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Will this include 10 or more cars as well?
    So much for freedom of assembly.

  2. DaveJuly 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Good ol’ TexASS

  3. joeeasyJuly 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    does anyone even know where bartonville is. i really hope there is an old timey cop walking around swinging a baton saying “keep it moving. nothing to see here” in a strong irish brouge

  4. ScottJuly 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Kind of scary that they included “walkers”. Does that mean that never again can 10+ people be in the same place without one of these permits? Sounds like Big Brother to me.

  5. PabloKohJuly 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    If a daycare class wants to cross the street to play in the park it needs a $50 permit. Tryants

  6. TerryJuly 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Do you need a permit if you and nine other people get together in a group to go piss on city council?

  7. chrisJuly 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Woah cool, my own local paper on Urban Velo…. wait, what the fuck?

  8. beezlebossJuly 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Oh well, scratch another one up for car drivers. we need oil to go up some more, like faster.
    just be calm people, it’s just a matter of time before we have very little cars on the road.

    Besides were is Bartonville? Four cops only? can we say red neck poh dunk! Thats Texas for yah:)

  9. BMW : : STUFFE - Car GalleryJuly 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

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  10. RaulJuly 8, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This is from the same state that officially believes that dinosaurs and humans walked around at the same time in history. This is the same state that still has legally approved Drive-Through-Liquor stores (in cars). This is the same state that George W. Bush was born in and still lives in. etc. etc.

  11. chrisJuly 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

    @ Raul, dubya was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

  12. Tony BullardJuly 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    @Chris, don’t rain on Raul’s hate parade

    @The issue at hand: Protest with a 50 car public event that encircles city hall. Just stuff as many cars as you can circling city hall, causing a traffic jam. After all, you’re free to assemble as many cars as you want without a permit, so have at it!

  13. RaulJuly 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    “Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Bush was the first child of George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush (née Pierce). He was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas” (wikipedia)
    I stand corrected…sorry!
    But he was raised in Midland Texas, from a very young age. Try riding a bike in Midland…or Houston…ouch!
    50 car city hall protest, yea! rock on!! but only after they’ve all had a pass through a local drive through liquor store.

    Have you ever been to midland? OUCH! Don’t try riding a bike there.

  14. SkilletJuly 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    @ Raul “This is the same state that still has legally approved Drive-Through-Liquor stores (in cars).” Is that really a bad thing? You have no idea how convenient that really is. You can roll through on a bike too if you want.
    “Try riding a bike in Midland…or Houston…ouch!” My city’s not the greatest for urban riding either. Not every city can be like Portland or Minneapolis.
    @ the story “Big groups come through and run stop signs and don’t let other drivers cross. If people followed the law there wouldn’t be a problem.” It seems like this is always the issue with bicycle haters. Jackass drivers and jackass cyclists will always ruin it for everyone.

  15. TravisJuly 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Holding a car rally there would definitely get the message across. Maybe consider looking into noise ordinances? Everybody loves car horns!

  16. JeffJuly 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Yet another reason to give Texas back to Mexico.

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