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Bicycle Safety

Protect your head - wear your helmet! A downloadable/printable information brochure about bicycle safety helmets is available on the form Forms page. For more information, please contact the Community Education Office.

According to California State Law, anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or skates. Any time that you travel fast on wheels you run the risk of becoming involved in a crash. A helmet can help save you from getting hurt, it can even help save your life!

helmet proper fit diagram

Adult and youth bicycle safety education classes: bikesiliconvalley.org

Bicycle Helmet Materials for Teachers and Future Teachers: www.helmets.org/teachers.htm

California bicycle laws: http://www.bikelink.com/law_safety.php

Consumer's Guide to purchasing a helmet: www.helmets.org/guide.htm

How to properly fit a helmet: www.helmets.org/fit.htm

Parent education and youth bicycle safety education classes by Rich Swent: www.bikeclass.swent.net

Bicycle Safety Video - Kids
Bike Safe. Bike Smart.

This entertaining, yet instructional, nine-minute bicycle safety video uses a visually stimulating, peer-to-peer approach to teach elementary and middle school age audiences how to Bike Safe. Bike Smart. Viewers will learn about the rules of the road, signaling, riding at night, safe riding practices, and risky behaviors that they should avoid, and tips for purchasing and correctly fitting a bicycle helmet. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Bicycles/Ride+Smart+-+It's+Time+to+Start

Bay Area Bicycle Maps

Santa Clara County Bikeways Map: www.vta.org

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition: http://bikesiliconvalley.org/programs/nsroute

www.511.org or call 511 for bay area bicycling, traffic, transit and rideshare information

Purchasing Bicycle Safety Publications and/or Helmets

"Bicycling Street Smarts, Riding Confidently, Legally and Safety" by John S. Allen: www.bikemaps.com/bss.htm

Reduced price CPSC certified helmets and protective gear for non-profit organizations: www.helmetsrus.net

Additional helpful links

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute: www.helmets.org

Brain Injury Foundation: www.biausa.org

California Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/bicycle.htm

California Highway Patrol: www.chp.ca.gov/html/bicycleriding.html

National Bicycle Registry Program: www.nationalbikeregistry.com/ or 1.800.848.BIKE (2453)

National Bicycle Safety Network (NBSN): www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/

SAFE KIDS Coalition: www.safekids.org

State of California Official Website (Office of Traffic Safety): www.ots.ca.gov

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): www.cpsc.gov

station tour bike safety video

A pack of Los Gatos Cub Scouts watch a video on bicycle safety as part of a Shannon station tour.

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