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Police, parents needed on bike safety

August 19, 2012
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Are you just now noticing the total lack of knowledge of the Rules of the Road, as far as bicycles are concerned, in this state? (“Bikes, cars, and stupidity in motion,” Globe South, Aug. 12.)

We have only lived in Massachusetts for six years, but it seems parents, as well as children, haven’t a clue. I don’t know if there are any bicycle safety classes held in schools, but there are no signs to “bike right,” roads are too narrow, there are few bike paths, and fewer street signs to even tell you where you are. Fundamental, simple, and basic driving and biking education is sorely lacking or, if it is provided, is completely ignored.

Where is law enforcement? Stopping one kid and lecturing him/her about helmet laws, biking with the traffic, wearing light or reflective colors at night, installing a bike generator light, etc., would go a long way because he would tell his friends, and the ripple effect would hit a lot of people. Better yet, some public service tweets, signs, videos given to schools (start early) and TV commercials in prime time might help a little. As far as I can see, there is no effort to educate the driving public about anything. Rudeness is the norm.

A massive public education program is needed. Will it happen? Probably not: Nobody seems to care.

Karen Rich

Whitman

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