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Having Fun and Being Safe On Your Bike!
The best way to acknowledge National Emergency Medical Services Week (5/19-26/13) and National Bicycle Month (5/13) is to take action to protect you and your family.
There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom and exercise, and it is good for the environment. Remember that we have to be safe and aware of our surroundings at all times when riding a bike. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips so that you will be safe while you do so.
The Hard Facts:
More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to riding their bike than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent. Yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet! Florida state law requires children 15 and younger to wear bicycle helmets while riding their bike!
We have a simple saying: "Use your head, wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. If you fall on your bike in a crash and hit your head the helmet must be replaced.
Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It is also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.
Actively supervise children until you are comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own.
For more safe tips while riding, your bike got to Safe Kids Worldwide at http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/bike?gclid=CN_Ghp3ipLcCFSVp7AodXxQAOw
or contact Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, www.titusville.com