According to Carlton Reid in the UK, bike patrol officers are given a wide berth by motorists when using police bikes, wearing police kit, but as soon as they change back into street clothes they go back to being targets again. Not that anybody advocates impersonating a police officer, but what if you could look something like a cop?
Carlton has created a series of POLITE shirts and jackets that can be purchased on Spreadshirt, which is a European version of Cafe Press. The black jacket shown above is a thin polyester training jacket with cotton liner. He’s also made a long sleeve t-shirt available with “POLITE” on the back and “ONE LESS CAR” on the front.
I often ride a plain black bike equipped with a rear rack and rack trunk that looks just like a police bike. When I wear black pants, black shoes and a black jacket, I’ve heard pedestrians make remarks about “%*#! pigs on bikes” as a ride by.
Learn more at Quickrelease.TV. Spreadshirt, unfortunately, does not ship outside of Europe. Given that the US Dollar has lost 40% of its value against the UK pound and Euro this year, Americans can’t afford anything from Europe anyway.