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That being said, BankSimple is based in the Pearl district, and I'll definitely check them out when they finally open for business.
If I lived in California or Washington I could do it for free :(
Point of fact - local streets are PUBLIC streets and their use is not just limited to people who own and operate motor vehicles.
Point of policy - the police are supposed to protect public safety, and not just the free flow of traffic; when they become overly concerned with the latter it means they have their priorities all mixed up.
But I guess that's what happens when PPB puts the Traffic Division in charge of crowd control. I've seen the Traffic Division officers in action at antiwar demonstrations and critical mass rides in the early 00s, and most of the Traffic Division cops would like nothing better than to deploy pepper spray and police brutality tactics on peaceful protesters, simply because they took to the streets and blocked a bit of motor vehicle traffic.
Both are public - of course! - but the rest of the public also has a right to those streets- and their numbers are far greater than yours.
The cops have been uncommonly cool with 'occupy'.
Work with them - and the rest of the public - and your message will come across better and win you respect in the media.
Coming across as thugs don't help your cause.
Streets existed way before motor vehicles did and they were not built expressly for motor vehicles; the first Good Roads movement in the US was in fact spearheaded at the turn of the last century by cyclists, before the rise of the hegemony of motor vehicles.
Learn some history, dude.
The Good Roads Movement was officially founded in May 1880, when bicycle enthusiasts, riding clubs and manufacturers met in Newport, Rhode Island to form the League of American Wheelmen to support the burgeoning use of bicycles and to protect their interests from legislative discrimination. The League quickly went national and in 1892 began publishing Good Roads Magazine. In three years circulation reached a million. Early movement advocates enlisted the help of journalists, farmers, politicians and engineers in the project of improving the nation's roadways, but the movement took off when it was adopted by bicyclists.
...the earliest known use of the word jaywalker in print was in the Chicago Tribune in 1909. (The earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1917.) The term's dissemination was due in part to a deliberate effort by promoters of automobiles, such as local auto clubs and dealers, to redefine streets as places where pedestrians do not belong.
Originally, the legal rule was that "all persons have an equal right in the highway, and that in exercising the right each shall take due care not to injure other users of the way." In time, however, streets became the province of motorized traffic, both practically and legally. Automobile interests in the USA took up the cause of labeling and scorning jaywalkers in the 1910s and early 1920s...
I'd suggest learning some common sense, but maybe 'common' sense is rather rare and also unteachable.
LOL, seems like the cops in NYC are telling protesters to get OFF the sidewalks: