Civil Disobedient Bikers Busted 

Late at night April 28, about 20 bicyclists staked out spots at different intersections along Peachtree Street. The group, called Wheels of Fire and made up mostly of bike messengers, carried cans of spray paint and homemade cardboard stencils of a stick-figure bicyclist.

Their mission: to paint fake bike lanes on Atlanta's most famous thoroughfare - and the main artery used by bike messengers serving downtown businesses and government agencies.

Jenna Hyland, 19, and Lindley Davis, 29, wound up at one of Peachtree's busiest sections - the strip in front of the Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters.

"We just all got really sick of being hit by cars on our bicycles, even though we obey every traffic law and it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk," says Hyland, a student at Georgia State University.

Hyland and Davis had enough time to spray-paint the blacktop with a couple of stencils mimicking the symbols that designate bike lanes. They were about to start painting lines for the mock bike lanes when "some douche bag standing around the corner called the cops," Hyland says.

Within minutes, both were arrested. Hyland went quietly. Davis did not. His bike was damaged when the cops tried to stop him.

"If you mess with my bike, you might as well punch my girlfriend," says Davis, a bike messenger.

According to an Atlanta police report, Davis resisted arrest and took more than a couple swings at the arresting officer. He was eventually subdued with a taser.

Hyland was sentenced on a misdemeanor obstruction charge May 6 and ordered to attend 13 courses on behavior modification.

Davis, charged with felony obstruction, is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Superior Court on May 13. "I'm not poster child," he says. "But my bike is my well-being."

May is National Bike Month, and May 20 is National Bike to Work Day. For info on local Bike Month events, visit www.atlantabike.org.

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