This ever happen to you?
I easy-ride 4-5 miles in the evenings for exercise through the local subdivisions in a city of 200,000. Regularly I encounter kids riding at dusk and after dark without lights, some doing the "cool-curb-jumping-thing" into the streets... and the parents standing 20 feet away on the sidewalk talking -- totally oblivious to the problem.
The kids notice my two front lights (one flashing) and the two red rear lights.
"WOW - cool lights mister."
So I stop and the kids crowd around for a closer look. (...the parents now taking notice -- a strange man-beast amount the little children is not a good thing).
The kids ask some questions, and I show them the lights' various low-medium-high-and flashing modes... I ask where their lights are -- it IS after dark and the law requires lights on bicycles you know.
"We don't need lights... we can see... there are street lights... we got reflectors... there's no law like that!"
"Didn't you just say my lights were cool," I ask, "Wouldn't you like to have cool lights like this on your bicycle?"
"Yeh, they're cool, but we don't have money to buy them."
"So get your parants to buy them for you," I say.
"Our parents won't buy cool stuff like that."
By this time one of the parants has wandered over and wants to know whats going on.
"See his cool lights... they even flash and everything..."
"Good evening, the kids wanted to see my bicycle safety lights," I say to the parent.
"Hello. Well the kids shouldn't be talking to strangers," says the parent.
"True," I say, "but if they want to know something about the bicycle safety lights, [HINT] which are required to ride bicycles at night, [HINT] then I think it's important they should know about them and see them in action." [HINT]
"Do you sell these lights?" asks the parent.
"No, just use them as required for safe cycling," I say.
"Well, thanks... come-along children time to go in the house now...
Why is it parents have such a false sense of security by standing on the sidewalk while their kids "curb-jump" into the dark streets? DUH....
They refuse to buy a couple $25. "cool" flashing lights, increasing the safety of their children, but the parents will buy a $1,000. computer for them, or a TV and DVD player... or.....
Some parents need a bump on the head with a smurf-nurf baseball bat. Maybe a couple bumps....