Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety


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

I'm Safe! on wheels educational video