Children On Bikes

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by Corzhens, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    There was a village meeting at the end of October that I failed to attend. The agenda was about security. In the copy of the minutes sent to us, I noticed one item about the proliferation of children riding bicycles in the main street. It is a worry for the village officers because there are too many vehicles in the main street of the village not counting the tricycles which is motorized and sometimes runs too fast.

    I'm thinking of suggesting a helmet for the children riders but one suggestion is to ban children riders in the main road.
     
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  2. sunshiney

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    I think requiring helmets for children is a great idea, and a designated bike lane might help as well. Having it well marked and putting up signage to keep drivers aware would be important.

    It would be a shame to ban children from cycling on the main street, but ultimately if that's what will keep them safe, I suppose it's what has to be done.
     
  3. rcdpink

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    Banning the children riders might be a little too extreme and harsh. It's best to establish a status quo. Create a controlled environment wherein police officers are regulating traffic, including the traffic of children riders. After a while the kids will get used to it and know how to operate on the roads.
     
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    Yes indeed children need to feel as though they have some amount of Liberty. We know what it's like to be children and wanting to explore our environment.
     
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    Banning children on bikes is definitely a little harsh. Your suggestion of helmets is the most reasonable one, I'm pretty sure most places have helmet laws, but I can't say for certain about your place. One other thing that should definitely been thought of is education. Teach these kids the rules of the traffic and basic road safety and I'm sure they'll obey.
     
  6. cycle93

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    You can not ban children from the streets.

    First of all its unethical, like what?? And if a children does not understad a learn the safety guidelines and traffic system they will not understand it easily when they are adults.
     
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    We must warn children who like riding on the main road. They risk being hit by oncoming vehicles. If they must ride on the main road then they have to do it under supervision. They should be accompanied by an adult rider who will direct them on what to do.
     
  8. Susimi

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    You're always gonna get young kids riding along the roads and even if you ban them it won't really make a difference. Helmets, some sensible ones will wear them while the "cool kids" will not and it's just always gonna be a little bit of a problem. The only thing to do is teach them road safety and advise them and then hope they listen.
     
  9. Corzhens

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    It's nice to read that most of the posts here are against the banning of children on the road especially those with bikes. This just came in that the village officials are thinking of pushing for this regulation temporarily due to an incident this Christmas season - a bike was snatched from a youngster who was traumatized by the incident. But maybe they should ban children on bikes when not escorted by adults.
     
  10. Susimi

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    Maybe accompanied up to a certain age would work but as I think I've said I don't think banning them outright will work at all.

    As for the youngester getting his bike swiped, it's very unfortunate and it's also unfortunate that these things happen but these things will always happen. Hope the kid gets his bike back and manages to recover from the incident.
     
  11. Corzhens

    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    That's a really sad incident when a biker lost his bike to thieves. As per the story related by a neighbor, the 2 thieves took the bike by foce leaving the child helpless and probably traumatized. Another story is that the thief acted like a con man in fooling the kid to entrust the bike to him. Whatever the case may be, the bike was stolen and that's not a good omen.
     
  12. Jcycle

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    Helmets and safety precautions are fine, but out right bans should be left to parents to decide upon.
     
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    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    Some parents here do not know of the incident because we do not have a village paper. The news spreads through word of mouth. And if the village officials would put out a tarpaulin in the village gate to declare a "temporary" ban on child bikers, I guess that would make sense. Parents would ask the gate guard and from there they will know the reason behind the ban. But I'd say it should only be temporary.
     
  14. Susimi

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    I think I may have read about the story if it's the same one I am thinking of.

    By the sounds of the situation it sounds like the boy probably did the right thing in letting them take it because the thieves sounded like pretty nasty pieces of work. I'm in no way condoning or pardoning what they did but in this instances I think it was better to get out of the situation ASAP in case he was seriously hurt or even killed. Such a shame this stuff happens though.
     
  15. Jcycle

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    Somebody should start a community news letter or paper. Some other way besides word of mouth to spread news.
     
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    We used to have a community paper years ago. But funding has been a problem so it was stopped. My suggestion was to make an announcement or notice by way of a tarpaulin that can be posted by the village gate so everyone - coming out or coming in - can see the news. It's just sad that despite the guards in the village gate, thieves are able to enter. One time there was a holdup committed by a man in a motorcycle with his wife riding in tandem and a baby. So they look like a family on the motorbike but turns out to be criminals.
     
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    I can't see a community newsletter doing much good. The kids lost his bike, the police know, the community knows and the community will likely be more vigilante now and sadly I think that's about as much as can be done.
     
  18. moneyman

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    It sometimes looks really dangerous when really young children are riding with their parents. They drive really slow and don't watch where they are going or is someone behind them.
     
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