Bicycle Safety Education Literature and Safety Materials
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General Bike Safety Information
Bicycle Driving Blog on a variety of topics touching bicycle safety
Bicycle Laws and Statutes, State-by-State
Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Tips: Essays on how to overhaul various parts of your bike.
Bicycle Rules and Safety Links to more information on rules of the road and safety.
Citizens For Reliable And Safe Highways (CRASH): Most address large truck safety.
Kids Bike Safety Kids Health site covers the basics.
National Bicycle Safety Network Center for Disease Control bicycle safety information.
Tips on Bicycle Fun and Safety (pdf) (Mesa AZ PD)
United Bicycle Institute: Training in bicycle repair and maintenance, with some online help on a couple repair and maintenance topics.
For Kids, the Cascade Bicycle Club (Seattle WA) has a "Sprocket Hero Coloring Book" and directions for doing bicycle rodeos. You can get more information on it from Education Department, [email protected], and from the education section of there website, www.cascade.org
In the USA, each state has a National Safe Kids Coalition. The national website is www.safekids.org. Some states have state traffic safety commissions with safety materials for kids. The AAA has produced some safety materials for kids. Some hospitals do injury prevention programs that distribute safety materials. Also check with local emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and the police or sheriff.
L.A.B. Safety Signs
The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has produced a 15 message set of safety signs to be placed along the routes of bicycle rides. The signs are designed to educate riders who may not be familiar with cycling etiquette or rules of the road and also serve as gentle reminders to experienced cyclists. Each 11"x14" sign is laminated for durability and rain resistance. Sets of 30 (two of each sign) are available for $36.75 ppd. For more information: LAW, 190 W Ostend St., #120, Baltimore, MD 21230-3755. Tel: 410-539-3399, Fax: 410-539-3496. Email: [email protected]. Internet: http://www.bikeleague.org/ (1995)
Bicycle Safety Videos
The following videos have been suggested for use with youth bicycle programs.
"Bike Safe, Bike Smart" (2004). Peer-to-peer approach to teach elementary and middle school age audiences how to Bike Safe. Produced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (9 min)
"Ride Smart: Its Time to Start" (2002). Peer-to-peer approach to teach children that wearing a bicycle helmet can protect them from serious injuries (including brain injuries). Produced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (9 min)
Bikes-Not-Bombs Safety Video. Youth made bike safety video that covers riding along a bike path, getting ready for rides, and street riding, as well as pre-ride safety check and bike fitting. good soundtrack and fun video. ($10) [email protected] www.bikesnotbombs.org
"Bike Safety with Bill Nye the Science Guy", Disney Educational Productions (1996). In his entertaining way, Bill covers pre-ride check, helmets, hand signals, rules of the road, and gives valuable tips. (16 minutes) www.edustation.com
"I'm no Fool on Wheels", Disney Educational Productions (1990). Procedures and equipment needed for rollerskating, bicycling and skateboarding. (13 minutes) www.edustation.com
"Kids 1." Some dated images, presumably being updated. www.bikeleague.org
"Road 1." Some dated images, presumably being updated. www.bikeleage.org
Bike Safety Videos in English and Spanish. http://bicycleuniverse.info/stuff/movies.html.
"Deux Secondes". "Two Seconds", referring to the distance of safety.
Archive Bicycle Safety Videos:
Link to Some Other Bicycle Films
Warning About 'Lay-Out Bars'
A letter in the "Journal of the American Medical Association," July 1992, warns of dangers to bicyclists who use the new inverted V handlebars, also known as areo and layout handlebars and assorted other trade names. The bars are designed to allow riders to cut aerodynamic drag and thus increase speed. But while the position reduces wind resistance and can increase speed, it also shifts the cyclist's weight to a less stable position on the bike, restricts steering and may affect the riders ability to reach the brake. Thus the position can reduce control, visibility and braking, warns the authors, two doctors from Providence Medical Center in Portland, OR USA. They recommend that layout handlebars not be used by novices, in high traffic areas, on rough roads or when making turns.
One of the newest accessories for urban cyclists is any one of a number of filtering anti-pollution masks. They aren't without controversy: The are questions about their effectiveness: most have an enormous amount of leakage so provide very little filtered air; and, while activated carbon may remove 90% of ozone (assuming no leakage) it is totally useless against carbon monoxide (ozone only occurs on sunny days). One charge is they address the symptoms not the problems -- why don't we just clean the air? They put the burden on the victim, not the criminal. And, if there rational is to make a political statement, is it effective? Look for additional controversy.
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