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According to the US Department of Transportation, 52,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2010. With school starting, bicycling has become one of the most popular ways for children to get to and from home. Adults and children can take a few simple steps to make sure they bike safely and within the law.

Maryland State Law states: 21-1207.1 (c) Helmet.A person whom this section applies may not operate or ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless the person is wearing a helmet that meets or exceeds the standards of the American National Standards Institute, the Snell Memorial Foundation’s standard, or the standards of the American Society of Testing and Measurements for protective headgear for use in bicycling.

Parents and children should use caution when operating their bicycles. Helmets are mandatory on Joint Base Andrews. Follow these safety requirements and tips for a safer ride for our children.

Ÿ Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet

Ÿ Adjust your bicycle to fit

Ÿ Check your children’s equipment

Ÿ See and be seen

Ÿ Obey all traffic laws

Ÿ Avoid riding at night

Ÿ Stay alert at all times

Failure to comply with safety procedures will result in the following:

1st Offense: (Under 18 YOA), Operators will be required to walk their bicycle to their destination and Sponsor will be contacted.

1st Offense: (Military Member): 1st Sgt. will be contacted.

2nd Offense: (Under 18 YOA): Sponsor’s command will be contacted.

Bike safe, bike smart, and enjoy the cooling weather on your bike. It's a great way to stay in shape and save money on gasoline.