Next summer my daughter will be almost 6 years old. She has a bike with training wheels now, but they will come off very soon. She already wants to ride on the road with me.
My problem is pretty simple. I live on a country road where the speed limit is 25mph for the entire road, as it is a residential area. But, for some reason, the morons around here feel the need to drive 45-60mph or even faster, all the time. I am very concerned about her if I let her ride on the road, even if I teach her well, and ride with her. Young kids always have the tendency to jerk the handlebars on ocassion, thus launching them into the street a few feet. Just enough to put them in the path of destruction from one of these dipsticks with lead feet.
I have gone to the local Sheriff and complained. They were very understanding, and even had a patrol car on our street a few times, and caught quite a few of them ,and I am sure they got some nice tickets that hurt the pocket book.
However, they continue to drive like ***holes. As soon as the patrol car is no longer in sight, the just keep on racing down the road. Some of these guys look like real winners too. Kind of a cross between rednecks and pot smoking hippies left over from the sixties. Real impressive people, driving pieces of crap that should be squashed in a wrecking yard for violating local noise regulations. God forbid, it almost makes me wish I lived in a neighborhood full of yuppies. Well....maybe not.
I even signed a petition with the neighbors to have a speed bump put in, but the law states you cannot put a speed bump on a public road, only in parking lots.
I don't know what the heck to do. I want my girls to enjoy the country, as I got to when I grew up on a farm. But these criminals are ruining it for all of us. It's no wonder so many kids get killed, and our insurance rates are so high.