A while back I was coming off the Williamsburg bridge on my bike. The path turns into a sidewalk and I stayed on it to avoid the car traffic. I probably stayed on the sidewalk a little too long, but I didn't see any problem. I was promptly stopped by a group of Cops, looking for hardened criminals such as myself.
They stopped me and wrote me a ticket for riding my bike on the sidewalk. They said that there had been recent burglaries where bike riders had snatched purses, I'm not sure why telling a thief to ride on the street would stop him from stealing but I wasn't going to argue with the NYPD.
My ticket was thrown out or something, I got something in the mail that said that I didn't have to go to court. Maybe the cop just had a quota of tickets to give out for the month. I'm sure my mild mannered appearance (not wearing a viking helmet or carrying Alien spinal chords) is one reason I didn't have to go to court, but I am glad the cops had caught me at the end of the bridge. Luckily they didn't see what my daily routine was while crossing the bridge.