That's right, Chief Shelley Zimmerman, is an honest to goodness, bonafide, bikeist:
Here, she is pictured biking for the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF), whose epic coastal ride she trained for with none other than Mayor-Elect Faulconer! Click HERE to read the press release that announced their commitment to training for the big ride.
So, what does this mean for us bikeists? I'll sum it up for you in one word: IMPUNITY.
When else in your life will you be assured that you not only have the Mayor, but the Chief of Police herself on your side when it comes to your favorite pastime (unless, of course, you were a Yankee fan in New York City in the early 21st century?).
Those pesky stop signs that are always ruining our precious momentum? Optional now people. Same goes for red lights. Sidewalks can now be considered bike paths. Who has the right of way in all situations? Well, bikes of course. Who's going to be carted away in cuffs when you run over a clueless jogger? Not the bikeist. Best of all, I think we can be fairly certain that the force will be trained and primed to enforce the new "three-foot-law." Hopefully, they will be authorized to use severe, non-deadly force against any driveist who thinks it's a good idea to pass within arm-pit's distance as I'm trying to not get eaten up by the potholes on Harbor Drive.
In all seriousness, though, a big Bikeist congratulations to Chief Zimmerman. I have had the pleasure of meeting and dealing with her in person in her former position, and she is one of the most genuinely energetic and enthusiastic people I have ever met. Some say it's her natural disposition, but I give all credit to her love of biking. What's not to smile about when you get to bike here every day . . .