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The Wheels of Justice

The Borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., issued Kyle Peterson two tickets for violating a city code that prohibits riding a “two- or three-wheeled device” on a city sidewalk. Peterson says he didn’t violate the law: he rides a unicycle, and its one wheel doesn’t meet that definition. Pish, the city says: Peterson violated “the spirit of the law,” and demanded he pay the fines. “The difference between a bicycle and a unicycle is negligible,” city lawyer Vicki Zgodny told the court. “It goes without saying that a bicycle and a unicycle are capable of traveling at high speeds,” she said. The court was unmoved: it threw the tickets out. Peterson has filed a lawsuit against the city for its prosecution. (JW/New York Daily News) ...The only way a unicycle can get to the “high speed” of a bicycle is to drop both off a skyscraper.
Original Publication Date: 10 April 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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