Saw two officers riding near East Liberty Boulevard this afternoon as I was running errands (in my car). They turned from Highland onto East Liberty Boulevard but then took the next left (Larimer?). Nice to see.
I thought their all-black uniforms must be awfully hot in the sun, though.
Sure, hot in the sun, but we won’t be seeing it again for about 8 months anyway. Also – it’s not like they’re climbing the Tourmalet in 90º heat in all black… they’re just rolling through s’liberty. They’ll be fine.
I was coming northbound on Aiken and turning left onto Ellsworth Avenue when I crossed paths with a bicycle officer, southbound on Aiken towards Shadyside. He waved as he got a jump start on the green light, and I dinged my bell as we passed each other.
I know there are bicycle officers out there, and I’m surprised I don’t see them more often. The Pitt police force also has a couple, which I rarely see.
Body armor adds some bulk. Many years ago, I had a landlord who was a cop. He lived downstairs with his family. The vest, the gun-belt, the uniform etc. made him seem twice as large as when we saw him in jeans and a t-shirt.
When I was at Allderdice, towards the end of my stint there (late 90’s), there was a Pgh Police bicycle cop literally assigned to the school – he spent his day riding around the school parkinglots, walkways, and a little bit in the blocks around the school. It looked like the same guy all the time, I can’t imagine a more boring ride, but given he spent it exclusively chasing truants and priveledged brats buying weed, I guess it might have been an ok assignment. He seemed like a nice enough guy, though I admit I spent more time avoiding him than I spent talking to him (he was kind enough to have a predictable route complicated enough that the thugs and druggies couldn’t figure out)
A few weeks ago I saw 2 bike officers riding into performance bike and head to the service counter. I wanted to check out their bikes, but even when Im nt doing anything wrong, police in uniform still make me nervous…but I guess thats the way they want it.
There is almost always a bike cop bicycle parked outside the Pitt-Oakland substation on Forbes, under the ped skyway bridge. Some days I see him/her inside watching a TV or listening to a radio maybe? I am going to assume it is CCTV and police radio.