MONTOURSVILLE – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network, Safe Kids Greater Susquehanna Valley, the Danville Hammers and local police today held the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo to highlight bicycle safety tips and promote Bike to School Day as part of National Bicycle Safety Month.
Earlier in the day, event organizers partnered to distribute safety information from Safe Kids Worldwide at Danville schools. Students were encouraged to learn more about bicycle safety by attending the rodeo.
Participants in the bike rodeo learned bicycle laws, safety tips and took rides on bicycle courses set up for the event. Children in need also received free bicycle helmets donated by Bell Helmets and Safe Kids Worldwide’s Bike to School Day grant.
According to PennDOT 2017 data, there were 1,142 statewide bicycle crashes resulting in 21 fatalities and 96 suspected injuries, an increase from 16 fatalities the previous 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.