A child riding her bike to school.
3. Tips for the Tiny Bicyclists
Bikes offer kids a newfound sense of freedom, and are a great way to build confidence and self-reliance in your child. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike in years (don’t worry; if you can’t remember how, it’s just like riding a bike), it’s impossible to forget the feeling of the wind on your face and in your ears and in your hair and– actually, scratch that last one. If you could feel the wind in your hair, you probably weren’t wearing a helmet.
Head injuries in children are one of the leading causes of death among our young population, so a vital part of bicycle safety for your son or daughter is a properly fitted helmet. When riding, it’s best to wear brightly-colored or reflective clothing so that drivers can see you. Remember, share the road! Oftentimes, bicyclists will be on the road with cars that are much faster and much heavier. Always use the bike lane if there is one, and unlike with walking, you must ride in the same direction as traffic. Always follow the same signs and signals as drivers do, and if you have to use the sidewalk, keep an eye out for pedestrians.
Much like cars, owning and riding a bike comes with a whole new set of responsibilities. Understanding bike safety is the most important one of all.
4. Tips for Teen Drivers
Start Smart! A few weeks ago we shared an article with you about Start Smart program being held by the California Highway Patrol. The next course will be held in just a few days — on August 30th.
Per Senior Deputy Damian Alvarez, “Interested parents are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at (805) 494-8271 for more information and to make a reservation. Space is limited to 25 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.”
“A driver license comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a 2015 statement. “Start Smart prepares new drivers and their parents for the challenges that lie ahead. Ultimately, the goal is to save lives by producing safe drivers through education.”