Kids and Bicycle Safety
Original post made by C Gage 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 --
on Mar 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm
when i first let my middle schoolers ride bikes to school I followed them and spied on them one day, then got them in trouble after school for not being as careful as they were supposed to be. No bikes for a month.
on Mar 22, 2008 at 11:40 pm
I see parents driving their kids to and from school everyday, and everyday I see them go through red lights. I see them talking on the phone, oblivious to children in crosswalks. I see them drive toward children in crosswalks, instead of stopping. I would never let my children walk or ride their bikes to school in Pleasanton because of the narcissistic parent drivers I see on the road every school day.
on Mar 23, 2008 at 12:51 am
When approaching kids using the bike lane in the direction of my travel, if possible, I move over a lane. Most of the time these kids have recently been released from school and their mind is on anything but watching for vehicles approaching from behind. They sometimes veer out of the bike lane while having fun with their friends.
Just remember when we adults were kids and where our thoughts were after school. Be an alert defensive driver, especially around schools.
I agree with Amy, some of the most dangerous drivers around schools are parents transporting children while their thoughts are elsewhere.
Good for you. Thank you for being a responsible parent.