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Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal bike crash than helmeted riders, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
Percentage of head injuries that account for bike-related crash deaths, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
YIELD RIGHTOF-WAY WHEN ENTERING ROADWAY
USE LIGHTS AT NIGHT
GOING THROUGH INTERSECTION, RIDE IN CENTER OF LEFT HALF OF LANE
MUST USE A FIXED, REGULAR SEAT
MUST YIELD RIGHT-OFWAY TO PEDESTRIANS ON SIDEWALK/IN CROSSWALK
A PROPERLY FITTED BIKE HELMET Should fit snugly and space between strap sit low on the forehead, and chin just above the eyebrows » Gently roll helmet back » Two-sided plastic pieces and forth on head, on helmet strap should should not move more fit just under the ears than ½ inch in any direction » Strap buckle should be just under the chin; » Helmet must always be strapped on one finger’s width of
Number of bike fatalities in Florida (2009) out of 100 that were not wearing a bike helmet, according to Florida Department of Highway Safety
Creative Safety TRIPLE EIGHT’S WIPEOUT DRY ERASE HELMET not only provides safety, but allows kids to create their own custom helmet designs. The helmets come with a set of assorted dry erase markers and stencils. Kids can create a design, then erase it and create another to satisfy their whims. The helmets come in three different sizes for kids ages 3-11; colors include black, white, hot pink and bubblegum pink. For more information, visit iwipeout.com.
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BICYCLE RODEOS Thanks to available grant money, the OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BICYCLE UNIT
stages Bicycle Rodeos for local youth groups and elementary schools. “The children must know how to ride a bike,” says Sgt. Eric Hooper. “But we do have bikes, helmets and other equipment we can supply. We set up obstacle courses and intersections to teach kids about bike safety. At the end of the course, we give out certificates. It’s a great learning experience and a lot of fun for the kids.” For more information on bicycle rodeos, contact Sgt. Hooper at (352) 369-9400.
Sources: floridabicycle.org, safekids.org, leg.state.fl.us, hsmv.state.fl.us, doh.state.fl.us
MUST RIDE AS FAR TO THE RIGHT OF LANE AS PRACTICABLE
Percentage of head injuries that account for bike-related crash hospitalizations among children 5-14, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
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