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Teen fighting unicycle ticket

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A Brooklyn teen was given a ticket for riding a unicycle on a city sidewalk, despite trying to explain to the cop that what he was doing was completely legal.

Isaih Rosemond, 18, was ticketed on a sidewalk on Rockaway Parkway while he was on his way to school in Canarsie.

Rosemond pointed out to the officer that the law defines a bike as having two or three wheels, therefore riding a unicycle would not be against the law.

Rosemond said he even used his iPhone to look up a case involving a circus performer who successfully fought two summonses for riding a unicycle on the sidewalk. 

The cop didn't buy the explanation or prior case and gave him a summons.  But it turns out that Rosemond is correct.  The N.Y.C. Traffic Rules and Regulations on the government website does not ban unicycles from sidewalks.  It isn't even mentioned in the rules:

"A bicycle is defined as every two- or three- wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power through a belt, a chain or gears, with such wheels in a tandem or tricycle, except that it shall not include a device having solid tires and intended for use only on a sidewalk by pre-teenage children."

Rosemond plans to fight the ticket when he goes to court in August.  He's not sure if he will hire a lawyer to help him in court.  The judge will decide the actual fine which could be up to $100.  He says he continues to ride on sidewalks.

The senior hopes to attend Manhattan Community College and is interested in the medical field.

Rosemond spoke with Good Day New York on Thursday about the ordeal and was headed to the prom later in the evening.

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