Transportational Profiling

You’ve heard of racial profiling, right? Well, yesterday I was transportational profiled.


On February 18, 2003, Stanford students protested the “axles of evil’. The protest, focusing on the “connections between environmental degradation, terrorism, war with Iraq and SUVs” (i.e. over-consumption of foreign oil), ended with a bicycle ride up and down University Avenue.

Unbeknownst to me, the protest-on-bike was happening at the same time as my ride home from work. Policers officers lined Palm Drive (which turns into University Avenue, off the Stanford campus). As I rode past, each of them gave me a less-than-friendly look.

Ok, so I wasn’t pulled over or harassed physically or verbally, but I was the victim, if only for a little bit, of transportational profiling.