OSWEGO, NY – Healthy habits start young and Addyson St. Onge knows how to keep her brain safe while on her tricycle.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA bike helmet is a simple affordable way to absorb the energy of a crash on your bike,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Billie Crandall Brady of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board.
During the school year, Crandall Brady visits schools to teach about bike and helmet safety; and all summer she and her bike technician crew visit recreation programs to conduct bike rodeos which simulate sharing the roadway with cars and pedestrians.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBike rodeos are an excellent teaching tool that help children practice basic safety skills on their bikes and shows the correct way to wear their helmet,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Brady. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œKids learn the importance of stopping at stop signs, railway crossings, and crosswalks, and that bikes are considered vehicles just like cars.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Some rules to remember:
Always ride on the right side WITH traffic
Always wear a properly fitted helmet ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ straight and level across your head, two fingers above your eyebrow and snug under your chin
Follow all signs ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ stop at stop signs and red lights
Wear proper footwear ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ sneakers tied, no sandals or flipflops
Make sure you have reflectors or a light on your bike and reflective clothing if riding at dusk or at night
Always stop look and listen at railway crossings
Pay attention to your environment around you while driving your bike ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œscanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the route with your eyes as you ride to try and anticipate hazards like sticks, sewer grates, dogs, or garbage in your path
Yield to pedestrians ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ they have the right of way!
If you would like to request a bike rodeo for your educational event, or have questions about traffic safety education, call Crandall Brady at the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board at 343-2344, or email Brady at [email protected]