Kids and Bicycle Safety
Original post made by C Gage, Del Prado, on Mar 22, 2008
Anyone else heartbroken about the news of a fifth-grade old boy in San Ramon who was killed when he accidentally entered a residential intersection into the path of (or into the side of) a small-ish bus and was killed? I often see young (under 12) kids riding their bikes to/from school without adults on the sidewalks along Pleasanton's major throughways. I see them make decisions at intersections - like crossing at intersections on a yellow light or not looking into a right-turn lane next to them before crossing on a green light to the street the lane feeds into... The family of this S.R. boy must be so heartbroken.
Anyway, my reason for starting this thread is to open a discussion about how our community, schools and neighborhoods and police can work together to help parents and children use the best bicycle safety practices possible. I know the Pleas. Police Dept has a bike safety program, but wonder if it gets used by enough people, if there's enough education out there to inform parents about things like this: How old, tall or mature should a child be before being allowed to ride alone on his/her bicycle... I don't know the answer, but I wonder if PPD or other sources have stats to back up any suggested ages/sizes for kids to cycle w/o an adult(kind of like carseat laws).
Again, I request that we keep this an advice or suggestion forum and respectfully ask fellow residents that we avoid any accusaions or blame-placing related to any children's or parents' decisions regarding kids' bicycle use.
Hoping to stay safe --