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    BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS

    September 9, 2014 - ט"ו אלול תשע"ד
    • Ride in a straight line, obey traffic signs and signals, and do not weave in and out of traffic. Riding predictably reduces your chances of a crash with a motor vehicle.
    • Look, signal and look again before changing lanes or making a turn. Establish eye contact with drivers. Seeing a driver is often not enough. Make sure drivers see you before executing a turn or riding in front of a turning car.
    • Watch out for car doors. Be prepared for the possibility that a car door may be opened in your path. When possible, leave room between yourself and parked cars (3 feet is generally recommended) so that you can avoid a door that opens unexpectedly.
    • Stay visible. Wear brightly colored clothing for daytime riding. At night, use reflective materials and lights.
    • Use your bell. Your bell alerts drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists to your presence, it is required by law.
    • Don’t wear earphones. By law you may wear one earbud, but keeping your ears clear is a much safer choice.
    • Wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for children age 13 or younger and working cyclists, helmets are a good idea for cyclists of all ages.

    Safety Tip #10

    Hitchhiking is dangerous! Boys, girls, bochurim, teenagers, women - everyone is at serious risk when they enter a vehicle with an unfamiliar driver, no matter how heimish he or she looks. Under no circumstances should it be permitted, no matter what, no matter when, no matter where.

    Safety Tip #9

    When money collectors coming knocking, do not leave them standing at your open doorway while you fish for cash. Lock the door first, and unlock when you return with the money. Do not allow your children to hand over the money either - the collector is a total stranger to you and your family, and it is only prudent to exercise at leat the minimum amount of caution.

    Safety Tip #8

    Teach your children never to talk to strangers. Even if the stranger looks heimish, talks like Bubby or Zeidy, or claims to know them, your child should never answer without you there.  Warn your kids to always run back to you if a stranger approaches. Do not take this lightly: In a tight-knit community like ours, it is very easy for someone to merely dress the part to gain our children’s trust. You can never be too cautious when it comes to the safety of your child.


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