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After witnessing a girl ride her bike an inch past the no-riding-your-bike zone get chewed out by a very angry policeman we decided that it would be best to help inform our readers about Berkeley bike laws.

Unfortunately pedestrians have the right of way all the time so you can’t just run them over. But that’s more basic. On campus and in Berkeley, bicycles need to be licensed. You can find a time and location to get a license here.

Rule #3, do not ride your bike in the “Dismount Zone” which includes Sproul Plaza and Dwinelle Plaza extending all the way past the front of Wheeler. Like we said, do not even ride an inch into the “Dismount Zone” or the U.C.P.D will hunt you down.

The last major rule is more logical than the third: no parking your bike in corridors or anywhere that may block an exit. If people can’t get out of a building during emergency’s because of your bike that is BAD and no one wants to be responsible for that (expect creepy psycho-killers).

Ride safely!

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dsc_0085.JPG Like 4-year-olds with paper cuts, extremist groups are experts at exaggerating distress. Code Pink and World Can’t Wait — Drive Out the Bush Regime, for instance, like to throw around accusations of “police brutality,” whenever the 5-0 does anything that interferes with their mission–even if said cops are simply standing there like a stoic Royal Guard (one that got paid about $93,000 in overtime for Tuesday’s rally, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.)

It’s no surprise, then, that these passionate Berkeley super-liberals are usually brushed off as “the extremist groups that cried wolf.” Actually, they pretty much get brushed off, period.

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In participation with a group called Urban Shield, the UC Police Department will conduct a simulation test of its response to an “active shooter” incident this Saturday at Warren and Mulford Halls. The scenario will run from 5 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Monday.

We don’t know exactly what it will involve other than “role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises.” That’s not the kind of role-playing we’re used to.

Also, by the way, the Web site for Urban Shield opens with video sounds more like “Halo 3″ than “Law and Order.”

bq. To All Staff:

bq. The University of California Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Berkeley Police Department, is participating in Alameda County’s ‘Urban Shield’ exercise from Friday, September 28 to Monday, October 1, 2007.

bq. Urban Shield, a multi-agency regional training event, will test and enhance the emergency preparedness and response abilities of local law enforcement in a wide variety of situations. Tactical teams from approximately 25 departments across the country, including our own Negotiations and Entry Team, will be deployed around the clock to handle a variety of simulations and scenarios ranging from natural disasters to incidents of terrorism. If you would like to learn more about this event, please see for details.

bq. Warren Hall will be the site of an ‘active shooter’ simulation.
Especially in light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech and other
past incidents of campus violence, the University is committed to the highest level of preparation and prevention possible, and is proud to participate in this opportunity to provide realistic and valuable training to so many law enforcement agencies.

bq. Police personnel will begin staging equipment and preparing the
building on the evening of Friday, September 28. At 5:00 am on
September 29 (Saturday) the exercise will begin. Activity will
include role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises. The scenario will repeat once every other hour for the entire weekend, day and night, ending before 9:00 am on Monday, October 1.

bq. Thank you for your assistance with this important initiative.

bq. Nathan Brostrom,
Vice Chancellor-Administration

Home Page [Urban Shield]

Our police log, the PoLo, is back with a vengeance to sing you a love song of campus crime. Maybe you thought your break was dicey, but if the log is any indication, the campus barely survived it.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

**12:38 a.m.**, _Sather Tower (The Campanile): Vandalism to light fixtures. Officers speak to 10 17- and 18-year-old non-students about it._

Little shits. Our fucking clock tower.

Monday, March 26, 2007

**10:47 a.m.**, _Near Grizzly Peak Gate: Male reports seeing medium-sized animal_. Under investigation.

Let’s hope they get the detectives on that one. Medium-sized animals near a regional park–now that’s a head scratcher.

**9:52 p.m.**, _Recreational Sports Facility garage: 36-year-old male cited on suspicion of possessing a knife with a blade greater than three inches long._

This man learned the hard way that you can have too many inches … of blade.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

**1:22 a.m.**, _Unit 3-Ida Sproul Hall: Male student, 19, reports simple assault. Suspect identified as a 22-year-old male non-student, and arrested at 2:04 a.m. at the intersection of Harold Way and Kittredge Street on suspicion of giving false information to a police officer and having an outstanding Berkeley police traffic warrant._

Damn, talk about drama in the units.

**12:18 p.m.**, _People’s Park: Officer speaks to woman about public masturbation._

Way to kill a lunchtime wank sess’.

**4:57 p.m.**, _Memorial Stadium: Rope confiscated as evidence of trespassing._

It’s unknown if this is related to the previous entry.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

**5:37 p.m.**, _South side of the Martin Luther King Jr. Union: Officer speaks to 39-year-old male about stealing electricity._

Clearly, stealing electricity from the ASUC is not a crime.

Earlier: PoLo: Weekend Roundup—Alcohol-Infused Tree Climbing, Motorcycle Outlaw Attacks and Heroin