Montoursville -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network, Safe Kids PA Lycoming County Partner, Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Williamsport’s Recreation Department Summer Day Camp Program held a bike rodeo on August 9, 2019 in Williamsport to highlight bicycle safety.
Forty-four Participants in the city’s Summer Day Camp Program learned bicycle laws, safety tips and took rides on bicycle courses set up for the event. Community donations provided helmets and bicycles for the bike rodeo.
According to PennDOT data, 1,142 statewide bicycle crashes resulted in 18 fatalities and 96 suspected serious injuries last year.
Pennsylvania law requires all children under the age of 12 to wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating or riding as a passenger on a pedalcycle, or in a trailer towed by a pedalcycle.
Bicycle helmets should fit level on the head with the straps adjusted so that the helmet cannot move from side to side or back and forth and should be replaced about every three years, following a bicycle crash or at visible signs of damage.
Additionally, PennDOT offers the following safety tips for bicyclists of all ages:
- Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen;
- Consider wearing an approved helmet and other protective gear;
- Children under 12 years of age must wear an approved safety helmet;
- Ride on the right side of the road;
- Signal your intentions in advance; and
- Consider attending training to obtain the skills necessary to ride safely on the road.
For more information about bicycle safety, visit PennDOT.gov, click on “Travel in PA” and then “Ride a Bike” or call 877-723-6830.