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There are many young families in our neighborhood and our streets are often busy with people exercising and walking their dogs. Young children on bikes are usually supervised by their parents, but pre-teens and young teens generally cycle alone. Many of these older kids seem to have little or no road sense, take risky decisions, and don’t pay attention to what is going on around them.
We are looking at compiling a flyer for our adventurous young cyclists to raise awareness about the importance of cycling safety.
What important information do you think should be included in a flyer like this?
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I'm shocked at the number of pre-teens and teens I see riding without helmets, especially on busier roads. So, I think some basics, like a properly fitting helmet, are (still) important information to share. And making sure their bike is in safe, working condition. Maybe some teens would take pride in getting their bikes tuned and making sure their tires are inflated.
I would also suggest riding without distractions (phones, earbuds, etc.). You're right though, it's a whole other ballgame with older kids. I think it's wonderful to promote cycling safety with this age group.
Helmets, reflectors, and lights for sure. But most importantly, stress "awareness." It's not just the road that can be dangerous, it's driveways and alleys as well. My son is a good bike rider and he forgot to check one alley, one time and he got bumped by a delivery truck. He was fine, just some road rash on his elbow, but still, it was a very scary moment. Now, he remembers to check the alleys every single time. Which I'm happy about but I wouldn't recommend this "method" to drive the point home.