I ran up to the Circle K
last night to grab some milk and learned all about bicycle rules
while I was there.
I was standing at the
counter when this man walks in. Normal looking guy who can't wait to
tell us his story.
He says they needed cat
food and his wife convinced him to ride his bike to the store because
he “needs the exercise.”
It was dark out and he
didn't want to ride in the road so he was riding on the sidewalk.
A police car came up
behind him and turned their blue lights on. The guy said he was
looking around trying to figure out who was being pulled over when
the deputy pulled up even with him, flashed his big light on him, got
on the loudspeaker and told the guy to pull over.
The man said “So I put
my kickstand down...”
Which sent me and everyone
else in the store into hysterical laughter.
It turns out he was being
“pulled over” because he didn't have a tail light on his bike.
He said he showed the
deputy the reflector on the back of the bike but the deputy told him
that you have to have an actual light in order to ride your bike at
He tells us the deputy
gave him a warning, told him to get on to the store and then back
home and not to ride his bike after dark again until he gets a tail
The Island King has always
put front and back lights on our kid's bikes but to be honest I
thought it was just so they'd be safe. I had no idea that the days of
having a reflector have gone the way of standing on the front seat
of the car next to Mom and that it's actually illegal to not have
Which is a good thing but
I still think getting “pulled over” on a bike is funny.