By JG Vibes
April 29, 2013
This year the “Five Boro Bike Tour” In New York City is increasing its security in an extreme over-reaction to the recent Boston Bombings.
After the bombings initially happened, a lot of people were sarcastically asking if backpacks were now going to be banned. Well, it turns out that this isn’t such a stretch of the imagination.
The 32,000 racers will not be allowed backpacks, hydration packs and saddlebags at next Sunday’s tour. Riders are permitted to wear small fanny packs, bring water bottles and bring bike frame bags. Checkpoints along the route will be strictly enforcing these rules and confiscated items will not be returned. The pyrotechnics that usually accompany the starting line will also not be a part of this year’s race and are probably a good bet to be done altogether unfortunately.
“Safety is our number-one priority, and I have full confidence in the NYPD that they will do what’s necessary to ensure that our riders, our volunteers, and our spectators are safe,” Bike New York CEO Ken Podziba said last week.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly said the city is “re-evaluating” security protocol for major events.
Bad things happen, and everyone wants to prevent this if they can, but turning the world into a prison is not going to solve anything, it will only make matters worse. As i mention often in discussions about prohibition and gun control, attempting to ban objects is overlooking the human responsibility behind how those items are used or misused. Yet when something goes wrong, and something bad happens, instead of looking to the problems involving human thoughts and emotions that may have led to that, people just want to start banning inanimate objects.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for dev-test.intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com
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