Got pulled over this morning on HWY 1 at the scales westbound. This wouldn't normally be news, i'm sure people get pulled over every day riding the shoulder on HWY 1. But I wasn't! I've made the choice *not* to ride the shoulder, I just don't think the benefits outweigh the risks. I respect each rider's ability to make that value judgement on their own, and apart from reminding any new rider who asks that it's not legal, i'll pretty much leave it at that... Let's not get into a debate.
I do, however, maximize my forward movement through traffic by making use of any and all *legal* methods to advance my position. For example: If I approach 176th street westbound, and find that traffic is backed up by the overpass, i'll take the 176th exit, roll straight through, and re-enter at the far end. I'll do the same thing at the Scales, provided they're not completely packed with trucks.
Which brings me to today's problem. No traffic at 176th, but it was backed up just past the entrance to the scales. So I make a lawful exit from the highway, into the scales. Incidentally, the scales were closed this morning so there were *no* trucks there. Completely empty except for the unmarked police vehicle at the far end. Complete with "N" on the back. Nice. But he already had a car pulled over, so I didn't really pay any attention to him.
I rolled through the scales at about 30km/h (pretty sure that's the posted speed) past the mostly stopped cars on the highway. Seeing me approach, an officer hopped out and flagged me over. Asked whether I had a license to ride a motorcycle. Then took my license and registration, and went back to dealing with the other car first. When he came back to me, he brought a ticket for "passing on right", which he had crossed out and marked "warning".
He claimed that "most people who come through the scales have been riding the shoulder all the way". I told him I don't ride the shoulder, but that the scales were a legal part of the roadway so I made use of them when they were empty. He said that since he couldn't prove I was riding the shoulder, he was giving me a warning.
What pisses me off now is that now I have a warning on record for "passing on right". So if I get pulled over anywhere, i'll get immediately branded as someone who passes on right, but got let off once. Or if the police car that drives around automatically running plates sees me, i'll pop up as "may drive on right". Sure, let's pull that one over, we'll just check if he has a class 6.
Okay, rant over. Discuss.