Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Presentations:
- These presentations are designed for school-aged children and teach young riders about basic bike and pedestrian safety. A "melon drop" demonstration is conducted to emphasize the importance of proper helmet use. Helmet fittings are also available.
Cycling Skills Clinics:
Cycling Skills Clinics are designed to be a fun educational activity for children of varying levels of bicycle riding experience and serves to:
- Educate: increase knowledge about traffic safety and bicycling
- Train: transfer the knowledge to the practice of skills and decision-making while riding a bicycle
- Motivate: energize and excite participants to want to learn more and to engage in bicycling
The clinic consists of a series of stations that are designed to teach the participants the basics of traffic safety when bicycling as well as safe bike handling skills.
Be a Smart Bicyclist!
Always wear a bicycle helmet. Helmets can reduce the risk of head and brain injury by 85%.
Wear white or bright clothing so you can be seen. Avoid loose clothes, drawstrings and backpacks with straps that can get caught in the bike. Wear retro-reflective materials at dawn, dusk and in bad weather.
Always stop, look left, right, then left again before crossing or entering a path, driveway, sidewalk or road and continue looking as you cross.
Obey all traffic signs and signals. Remember a bicycle is just like a car and needs to follow all of the same rules of the road.
Ride your bicycle on the RIGHT side of the road with traffic. Ride in a straight line and always use hand signals.
Be a Smart Pedestrian!
Did you know that 300 pedestrians are killed annually across New York State? In Broome County, 67 pedestrians were injured and 3 were killed in 2018.
Pedestrians should follow the "Rules of the Road"
Use the sidewalk whenever they are safely available.
When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the LEFT as possible.
Obey traffic signals and/or traffic officers.
At crosswalks where there isn't a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way to all vehicles.
Regardless of the right-of-way, the driver is required by law to take great care to avoid "hitting" pedestrians.
Top Tips for Kids!
Be sure to look left, right then left again before crossing the street.
Put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street.
Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Most kids are unable to judge speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
So Your Child Wants a Bike - AAA Brochure
Bike and Wheeled Sport Safety - NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Pedestrian Safety - NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Walking Safety Tips - Safe Kids Worldwide