Advocacy & Safety - Kids Bike Safety
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11-20-10, 07:44 PM
Are there any cool safety devices for kids'/teens' bikes?
- A large yellow or pink reflector for the wheels
- A pokemon or Harry Potter light
My Google searches have basically come up empty. Are there just no gadgets or widgets directed towards this market?
The best safety device is a proper training course which takes them out onto the road after one of your bike rodeos. It should be graduated to meet the intellectual and emotional development of the children concerned.
I believe the League of American Bicyclists has courses for children - Kids 1 & 2 - http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/pdfs/encouraging_kids_ride.pdf
You might also take a look at the UK's Bikeability courses (1,2 & 3) on http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability/
While I'm all for making riders more visible, especially children, visibility relies on drivers being aware and, as all too many stories on this forum have shown, you can be lit up like a Christmas tree and still be dressed in the traditional cyclist's cloak of invisibility.
That said, there are things like Fireflies, small lights which screw on to schrader valves and others which light up the entire wheel and you might also try http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=bicycle+wheel+lights&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=6172991394&ref=pd_sl_6wvsvti7om_e
I found googling bicycle wheel lights v. useful on this search, btw ;)
11-22-10, 08:34 AM
The LAB is working on expanding its youth courses...
"Kids I" is now "Cycling Skills for Parents," and like the older course is more for Mom & Dad (or guardian) than for Junior. This is a good, 60 to 90 minute introduction on the issues in introducing kids to bicycles, helmet use and safe riding practices, and how to teach them to ride.
"Kids II," now "Safe Routes to School", is a 7-hour integrated course that teaches safe riding and bike handling, basic traffic skills, how to choose a safe place & route to ride, and some very basic bike care. This is pretty much the "Traffic Skills 101" class, targeted at those from 12 to about 13 years old.
A new course, "Cycling Skills for Children," uses a bike rodeo format to introduce kids of just about any age to helmet use, basic bike handling skills, basic street and traffic skills, and practice riding in mock traffic to reinforce the first two blocks. This is nearly all skills practice, very, very little lecturing, and lots of riding and repetition to build and reinforce good habits.
ANd there's no better gift than to go ride with your kid(s), and set a good example for them...
Children cycling? Safe Routes to School? Parents being encouraged to ride with their kids?
I can see LAB being hauled up before a congressional committee on charges of Un-Amerkin activities ;)
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