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Wear Your Bike Helmet

Original post made by Safety First, Leland Manor/Garland Drive, on Oct 22, 2008

I've seen three similar bicycle incidents this fall: in all a bicyclist was lying on the ground, completely still, no helmet, and his/her friends waiting for help to arrive. The most recent was today on Middlefield near Jordan school. These were all adults, and I don't know the outcome of any of these incidents. But I do know that it's time to remind all of us who ride bicycles to WEAR YOUR HELMET.

It's so easy to fall: your tire hits a rock and skids,you slam on your breaks to avoid hitting something, a car hits you, and (the classic) a parked car opens the driver side door without seeing you coming and you plow into the door and flip over the handle bars. Your head is the heaviest part of your body and it's going to hit the ground first. I just don't understand how anyone can ride without a helmet, even for a "short" ride. And the "fashion" among school age children is to wear your helmet but not buckle it; what good is that going to do when you go flying over your handle bars?

Adults should model safe behavior by wearing their helmets for all bike rides and parents should enforce the under 18 must wear a helmet law. And children must learn that the bike helmet is just as important as the seat belt. The consequenses of not wearing a helmet can be deadly.

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Posted by chin
a resident of Ohlone School
on Oct 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

In Holland and other European countries adults do not usually wear helmets

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I had an accident on my bike and broke my ankle. I was wearing sensible leather shoes and socks. Although my foot was badly bruised and swollen, there was no blood. My shoe was ruined, very badly torn, but my foot did not need stitches and I did not need another tetanus shot. The broken ankle was bad enough, but it could have been worse if I had been wearing sandals or flip flops.

Sensible footwear on bikes is also very important. Even the simplest fall can produce a bad graze on the foot or toes because we always put our feet down to stop us falling from our bikes.

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Posted by kitty
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

A cyclist slammed into my dog while I was walking him on leash at N California and Bryant.

Cyclists blow through that and other stop signs all the time at high speed.

It is particularly dangerous at night and it is getting dark earlier.

Most of them have no headlight so you can not see them coming.

They also do not walk their bikes in the underpass by the California Ave station, there is a sign telling them to walk their bike but most just ignore it, it is both irritating and dangerous if you are on foot

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Posted by Donald
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm

The most dangerous thing that bicyclists do is ride too close to the curb. The gutter area is the worst part of the road: full of pot holes, debris, and drain grates. Car drivers approaching from behind are looking straight ahead and often do not see bicyclists that are too far to the right. At intersections, cars (and especially SUVs) parked near the corner prevent cars on side streets from seeing bicycles that are close to the curb. And of course, if a bicycle is close to a curb, cars will often try to turn right in front of you or open their doors in your face.

Bicycles should always ride at least 3 feet from the right edge of the road. If there are parked cars, ride at least 3 feet to the left of the parked cars. If a car behind needs to pass you, they should move to the left and pass the bicycle by another 3 feet or more.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Safety First,

"I just don't understand how anyone can ride without a helmet"

I just don't understand how someone who signs as "Safety First" can justify the use of the number one cause of injury accidents in the USA.

A rational society would would ban these dangerous products. A rational person would not promulgate their use.

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Posted by kitty
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm

400,000 Americans die from smoking, not to mention AIDS

There is no safe smoking nor safe sex see Web Link

Lights do help for bikers and walkers

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Posted by Donald
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 23, 2008 at 9:43 am

I'm sure that a lot more Americans die every year in car crashes than bicycle crashes, too.

I agree about bicycle lights, especially now that days are getting shorter.

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