New York State law requires that all bicyclists under the age of 14 are required to wear approved bicycle helmets when bicycling, or riding as passengers in New York State. The maximum penalty for an offense is a $50 fine.
Promoting bicycle rodeos, distributing helmet safety literature, and distributing helmets will enable us to impact this concern. The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is committed to continuing bicycle safety education with programming focused on helmet usage/safety, and skills development.
Research shows that helmets are effective in reducing head and brain injury in a crash. Demonstrating Bicycle Helmet Effectiveness: A How to Guide will help to provide visual demonstrations to show the effectiveness of bicycle helmets use.A mixture of shock value, hands-on learning, group activity, and open discussion is used to deliver the vital message—wear a helmet every time you ride a bicycle!
The goal of any bicycle rodeo is to provide an opportunity for the participants to learn, practice, and demonstrate their bicycle handling skills in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. Organizing a Bike Rodeo (.pdf).
A step-by-step approach to planning and initiating a bicycle safety skills event. Cycling Skills Clinic Guide (.pdf).
If you will be riding your bicycle by the side of the road, do you know what the traffic signs and signals mean? SafeNY “Bike and Wheel Sport Safety Kids Page” provides the answers.