Bicycles are vehicles and cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers. Riding by the same set of rules as motorists makes you predictable and reduces your risk of having an accident. If your child will be riding his or her bicycle around town going over these simple tips will help ensure they have safe travels and a safe return home…
- Always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can reduce risk of serious injury by 85%. Remember your helmet is a safety tool to protect your head.
- Always check your bicycle for size. If you can stand above the horizontal cross-bar with both feet flat on the ground, your bicycle seat at hip level, the fit is right.
- Always use proper hand signals when making a turn or stopping.
- Always stop for a red light or stop sign.
- You must ride your bicycle on the right-hand side of the road, single file with the flow of traffic.
- Your bicycle must have at least one braking system.
- You must have a white front light and a red light or reflector if you ride your bicycle half an hour before sunset until half an hour after sunrise.
- Your bicycle must be equipped with a bell or horn.
- Listening to portable stereos or headphones while biking can be dangerous.
Bike Helmets Must Be Worn – It’s not only the law, but a proven to increase safety:
The Shelburne Police is reminding everyone that approved helmets need to be worn (and worn properly) by everyone riding a bicycle under the age of 18 years.
This is not only a law under the highway traffic act that could result in an $80.00 fine, but a simple safety practice that appears to be under estimated by many youth and their parents in the Town of Shelburne. Officers are observing many of our children, especially between the age of 12 and 17 riding the streets of Shelburne without a proper bicycle helmet. This issue extends further as many youth are taking advantage of warm days biking on the ramps and mounds located for that purpose at Greenwood Park.
A study released in May 2013 in the U.S. by Reuters indicates that wearing a helmet while cycling can reduce the severity of a head injury by up to 88%. The study also shows that states with mandatory bike helmet laws report 20% less cycling related fatalities.
The mandatory helmet law in Ontario indicates that not only does the helmet need to be CSA or SNELL approved, but must be fastened securely with a strap under the chin.
Regardless of where, how fast or what style of riding is being done, the Shelburne Police Service is encouraging everyone to wear a helmet at all times.
When something goes wrong the only thing between your head and the concrete or pavement is your helmet. But only if you are wearing it properly!
This media release provided by Shelburne Police Services Media Relations Officer, Sergeant Paul Neumann.