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There is no better time than than now to make sure you and your children have bicycle helmets that fit properly. Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85 percent. Select a helmet that has a snug, but comfortable fit. Look for helmet labels that show the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation recommends them.

Helmets should be worn whether riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or roller blades. Juveniles are required by law to wear helmets (CVC Sections 21212b and 21235c). Adults should do the same, both for your own protection, and to set a good example for the kids. If you are riding anything with wheels, "Wear It Because We Care."bicyclist

Here are eight rules for safe bicycle riding:

  1. Always wear a helmet when you ride.
  2. Obey all traffic signals and signs.
  3. Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  4. Ride single file in the same direction as traffic.
  5. Keep to the far right side of the road.
  6. Wear bright colors so you can be seen.
  7. Check your brakes and tires each time you ride.
  8. Avoid riding at night. If you must ride at night, be equipped with proper lighting (CVC 21201).

Prevent your bicycle from being stolen by locking it up when you are not riding it, even if that's only for a few minutes. Using a U-shaped lock, secure both the front tire and the frame to a stationary object, such as a bike rack. Record the serial number and keep it with a photo of the bicycle and the receipt, just in case it should ever be stolen. Engrave your driver's license number on the bicycle so that you might get it back if police find it.

The following are traffic laws that relate to the Crossing Guard, as well as some etiquette issues relating to the Crossing Guard, and general traffic laws relevant to the local schools.