To promote the use of bicycle helmets
- To make parents and the general public aware of the need for bicycle helmet use.
- To involve other agencies and civic organizations in an effort to assure the
continuation of this project.
- To significantly increase the use of bicycle helmets (especially for children age
- To Make effective low-cost helmets available through the provision of discount
BICYCLE HELMET FACTS FOR PARENTS
Protect Your Brian – Always Wear a Helmet!
Text based on a flyer prepared by the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, Denver Colorado for the HEAD strong Project.
Whether you’re commuting or riding for fun, sometimes it’s a must to ride either near or in traffic areas. Here are some tips on maintaining a safe ride:
- Always remain visible. Wear colors like yellow, orange or red, also use lights and reflectors. Try to have clothes and bags with reflective material when riding in the evening or at night.
- Mom isn’t always right. My mother always told me to ride against traffic for safety. This is not only the wrong advice, it’s also illegal in many states where bikes are considered vehicles.
- Don’t cut in line. At a red light be polite and wait your turn. Earn the respect of the motorists.
- Ride the straight and narrow. Don’t swerve between cars, even if they are parked.
- Hold your ground. Ride far enough into the traffic lane to avoid being hit by people opening car doors. Remember if cars are honking at you they can see you.
- Signals. Use them. Not only is it the law but it’s good safety practice to let the motorists know where you’re going. Avoid horns, they can be more distracting and less safe.
- Don’t be timid. Using signals and letting drivers know what to expect from you can go a long way. Don’t give up the right of way simply because you don’t have a motor.
- Watch out for them. Drivers often make errors that injure cyclists, watch out for them. Usually these involve turning right in front of a cyclist, so be ever watchful.
- Be prepared. Carry emergency contact info and other first aid kits in your seat pack in the unlikely event you are injured.