Sunday, March 1, 2009
Last Friday was a gorgeous day outside, so I decided to fore go my trip to the gym and take a ride on my bike. It's time to start training for Iron girl, and my bike was getting a little dusty in my garage! I was on about mile 10 of my ride, heading down twain, which is always my favorite part of this particular path because it's down hill. I put my bike in high gear and was cruising home, when suddenly I heard a police siren behind me. Just a short little siren, I looked around and thought to myself "hmmm, wonder who he's pulling over, there are no cars around". Just then he pulled up next to me and motioned for ME to pull over! I was thinking maybe he noticed something wrong with my bike, so I quickly obliged. And this is how the rest of the conversation went...
Officer: Do you know how fast you were going?
Me:(somewhat proudly) I checked a second ago and I think I was up around 20mph!
Officer: This is a school zone, the speed limit is 15
Me: (trying to stifle a laugh) Seriously?
Officer: When you ride your bike on the road you are considered a moving vehicle and are expected to follow all traffic rules
Me: (still trying not to laugh) Well I hope you're not going to want my license and registration, because I'm afraid this thing isn't registered!
Officer: (with kind of a mean look) Ma'am this is serious. I could give you a violation, and a fine
Me: Oh, well, I'm sorry (trying to be humble, because I don't want a fine)
Officer: I'm going to let you off with a warning this time, but you need to pay better attention. If a little kid ran out in front of you, and you were going that fast, you wouldn't be able to stop fast enough, and not only would you probably injure the child, and be responsible for that, YOU would probably get the worst of the injuries... I'm just letting you know for your safety
Me: Um, well, thanks for looking out for my safety. I appreciate it, can I leave now? My heart rate is getting below my cardio level
And PS, there was not a child in sight, not even on the playground. I think he just wanted to check me out in my little spandex shorts...