Civil disobedience is raising its noble head in Garden City Saturday as proponents of
legalized biking plan to stage a Saturday demonstration.
The two wheeler folks are calling for a peaceful protest and urge supporters to either walk or ride bikes along the stretch of Greenbelt which the City Council has declared “pedestrian only,” despite previous agreements with the State of Idaho that called for a bike path.
We called the Garden City Pd for comment on arrest or ticket plans, got referred to City Hall where we were told, “The city’s response will be dictated by the behavior of the group.” When pressed, a spokesperson adamently refused to say if tickets would be issued or arrests would be made…insiders tell us they are hoping the cold rain will dampen the spirits and rain on the bike parade.
Bottom line as of this writing: the bikers are planning a rally at 10 a.m. Saturday across from Garden City Hall at Marigold and Glenwood and we await word from officialdom.
GUARDIAN reader “Gordon” suggested the protest ride several weeks ago when we published the story–weeks ahead of the mainstream media. It will be interesting to see if the cops and politicos in GC are able to restrain themselves and not take the bait to write tickets–thus forcing the issue into the courts.
If they allow the protesters to flaunt the law, it raises the question of equal enforcement for any future tickets–especially since the cops are well aware of the planned violation of the city ordinance.
The whole issue is about keeping the public away from high end residential property that just happens to have been developed by the current mayor.
REPORT ON THE PROTEST by GUARDIAN READER “GORDON”
March 15, about 70 showed up, dismounted and walked. Good show!
Still, I can’t help wonder what would have happened if 70 (or more) showed up and “rode” through .
Would the GC cops have the nerve to arrest 70 or more people at once for doing something that’s legal by state law, but illegal by GC law, even if the mayor told them to? Would they have enough handcuffs, cars for transport, etc., to deal with that many people? Enough jail cells if all the riders refused to accept citations or post bail and demanded jury trials? How long would that tie up the courts, and how mad would the judges get about having to deal with this nonsense?
Anyway, that may be what it takes to get GC to go along with the rest of the world re: greenbelts. And, if it works, maybe the protesters could even take on some of the other shenanigans in that strange municipality — or in the big one that nearly surrounds the little one. Hmmmn … could make for an interesting time.
Congratulations to those who made the ride — er, walk — on Saturday.
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