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					             Use the T.H.U.M.S. rule to Safety




RIDING RIGHT AT WORK RIDING RIGHT FOR LIFE AT HOME
 Why is Local Law Enforcement and
Industry Safety Managers Interested
       in bicycle and Safety?
• People who walk and ride bikes
  instead of use their cars reduce the
  amount traffic and congestion on the
  road, making our job easier
• They make cities healthier by reducing
  the amount of air pollution created.
• Bicyclists can easily travel greater
  distances to bus stops, thereby
  increasing our “capture zone”.
                     The Key ?
• The key is Zero incidents zero injuries
  zero loss of life
• The program is designed for workers,
  mom, dads, aunts, uncles etc.
• We not only have to be role models in
  safety but role models to our future—
  our kids
• How are you teaching safety by –do as
  I say not as I do or by positive action
  and correct training
  What is S,H & E Management?
• How do you know when your doing the right
  thing?
  – You understand your business’s SH&E risks
    (hazards)…




                                …and you control them!
          What is S,H & E Bicycle
             Management?
• It’s Doing the Right Thing
  – Keeping People Healthy & Safe
  – Protecting the Environment in which we Live
• It’s Doing the Right Thing
  – Identifying, understanding & controlling SH&E
    Risks (Hazards)
  – Understanding that industry changes can
    degrade controls and safeguards

    “We aim at the preservation of the individual..”
 What is S,H & E Management?
• Understanding your business’s SH&E
  Risks?         Analyze Risks
              Determine existing Controls

            Determine       Determine
            Likelihood      Consequences


                Estimate the Risk Level
                     Risk = L X C


                   Evaluate Risks
           Compare against Your standards?
            Determine Your risk priorities?
What is S, H & E Management?
Treat, Monitor and Review Risks & Controls?




                            PLAN
                     ACT



                     HOW?
             CHECK




 HOW GREEN IS YOUR COMPANY DO YOU  DO
       HAVE A BIKE EDUCATION
        PROGRAM IN PLACE!
                Bicycle Safety

Before you ride…

• Inspect Your Bicycle

• Inflate Tires Properly

• Check Your Brakes



                  RIDE RIGHT FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY   8
                Bicycle Safety


When you ride…

• Ride Single File with Traffic

• Obey Traffic Signs, Signals, and

  Lanes

• Use Proper Hand Signals

• Stay Alert for Road Hazards
                                     9
                  Bicycle Safety

When you ride…

• See and Be Seen - Wear light colored, reflective

  clothing

• Wear a Helmet

• Use a Backpack

• Avoid Riding at Night

                                                     10
  Vehicle Codes pertaining to bicycles
• a person operating a bicycle on a roadway
  who is moving slower than the other traffic
  on the roadway shall ride as near as
  practicable to the right curb or edge of the
  roadway; unless (1) the person is passing
  another vehicle…(2) the person is preparing to
  turn left at an intersection or onto a private
  road or driveway; or
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Bicycles that have large boxes or other items
  on the back of the bike that obscure the
  driver’s view should not be placed in the bike
  racks, and those riders denied service.
• For liability reasons, we do not assist bicyclists
  with the loading or unloading of their bikes on
  the racks.
• .
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Keep an eye out for bicyclists. They're not as easy to
  see as a car or truck and you are more likely to be
  looking for other motor vehicles. Keeping your
  windshield clean, as required by your CDL, is one of
  the best things that you can do to avoid collisions.
• Remember that bicycles may have the same rights as
  a motor vehicle, but they differ from motor vehicles;
  there're smaller and can't move as fast. But, they
  can change direction more easily, stop faster and
  move through smaller spaces.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Pass cyclists with care. Give them plenty of room.
  Look ahead when you drive, plan and anticipate
  passing bicyclists quickly and efficiently. Also, if you
  are planning to turn right immediately after
  passing a bicyclist, make sure you give them enough
  lead out that you don't cut them off. Many drivers
  do not realize how fast a bicycle can travel, and think
  they have time to turn in front of them. Cyclist can
  travel 25 to 40 kph.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Save your horn. Some bicyclists are startled by
  honking, and it could cause them to have an
  accident, or unexpectedly cause them to veer into
  the path of your vehicle.
• Lights. When approaching a bicycle, your high
  beams can be blinding. Although many of you rarely
  use them, remember that they need to be dimmed
  for cyclists as well as other motorists.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Road conditions can affect cyclists' behavior. Cars
  parked along the side of the road will cause them to
  ride farther out in traffic, because they are worried
  about car doors opening. Sewer gratings, soft
  shoulders, construction areas, broken glass, gravel
  and other debris can cause them to ride farther out
  into traffic, or cause them to swerve unexpectedly
  out into traffic. When approaching a cyclist, learn to
  assess the road hazards
  the way the cyclist would.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists

• The same holds true for cyclists wearing
  headphones, as they need to be aware of
  their surroundings, especially sounds of
  traffic, and can't hear them if they are
  listening to music.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists
• Be alert to cyclists during left-hand turns.
  Surprisingly, a cyclist is four times more likely to be
  hit by a motor vehicle that is turning left than by one
  that is turning right.
• Watch out for bicyclists that ride up along the right
  side of the bus as you are approaching a stop (a
  frequent occurrence). You could open the doors
  right onto them, or let your passengers out right in
  front of them.
Safe Driving Practices Around Bicyclists


• Be alert for "midblock rideout", which
  occurs when a bicyclists enters the
  roadway from a driveway, alley or curb
  without slowing, stopping, or looking
  for traffic. This is the most frequent
  crash type for young riders.
   Safe Driving Practices Around
              Bicyclists
• Watch out for the “draft”, or wake of air created
  by your vehicle. It can cause the cyclist to swerve
  unexpectedly.

• Rear engine vehicles, like transit buses, can
  sneak up on a cyclist. Many cyclists depend on
  hearing a vehicle approaching from the rear, and
  a rear engine vehicle is usually a lot closer by the
  time they hear it, which can startle them, causing
  unpredictable behavior.
  Safe Driving Practices Around
             Bicyclists
• Be appreciative when you encounter a
  cyclist following the rules of the road,
  yielding the right-of-way, or otherwise
  politely sharing the road with other traffic.
• Give them a friendly wave, a smile or tell
  them thanks when they ride responsibly.
  After all, we want to encourage that type of
  behavior.
    SUGGESTIONS FOR GETTING
 CHILDREN TO WEAR A BIKE HELMET
• Helmets can protect children from injuries. The
  Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute gives the
  following tips to parents:
   – Establish the helmet habit early, when children
     get their first bikes. This habit should start
     when children get their first tricycle to
     establish a link between wheeled vehicles,
     pavement and helmets.
– Let children pick their helmet. If children
  choose their own helmet, they may be
  more likely to buy into the idea.
– Wear a helmet yourself. Children learn
  from their parents. Whenever a parent
  rides their bike, they should put on a
  helmet.
– Reward and praise children for wearing
  helmets.
                  Step 1 - Size:
• Measure your head for approximate size. Try the
  helmet on to ensure it fits snuggly. While it is sitting
  flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet
  doesn’t rock side to side. Sizing pads come with new
  helmets; use the pads to securely fit to your head.
  Mix or match the sizing pads for the greatest
  comfort. In your child’s helmet, remove the padding
  when your child’s head grows. If the helmet has a
  universal fit ring instead of sizing pads, adjust the
  ring size to fit the head.
           Steps 2 & 3
Step 2 - Position:
The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your
forehead—one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.




Step 3 - Buckles:
Center the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the straps
can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten
the chin straps. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to
make these adjustments.
            Steps 4 & 5
Step 4 - Side Straps:
Adjust the slider on both straps to form a ―V‖ shape under,
and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.




Step 5 - Chin Strap:
Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug,
so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.
       Step 6 - Final Fitting:
     A. Does your helmet fit right? Open your mouth wide…big yawn!
                The helmet should pull down on the head.
          If not, refer back to step 5 and tighten the chin strap.

B. Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows?
    If so, unbuckle, shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward.
               Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again.

             C. Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes?
           If so, unbuckle, tighten the back strap by moving the
                          slider back toward the ear.
               Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again.
                  Roll the rubber band down to the buckle.
              All four straps must go through the rubber band
      and be close to the buckle to prevent the buckle from slipping.
– Do not let children ride their bikes unless
  they’re wearing a helmet. If children are
  allowed to ride occasionally without
  their helmets, they will not believe
  messages about the importance of them.
– Plan bicycle outings together when all
  family members wear their helmets.
Turn Signals
– Obey all traffic laws. A bicycle is a vehicle,
  and the bicyclist is the driver. It is
  important for bicyclists to obey all traffic
  signs, signals and lane markings.
– Be predictable. Bicyclists must ride in a
  straight line, not in and out of cars. Moves
  must be signaled to others.
– Yield to traffic, when appropriate. Almost
  always, drivers on a smaller road must
  yield or wait for traffic on a major or larger
  road. If there is no stop sign or traffic
  signal and a bicyclist is coming from a
  driveway, sidewalk, bike path, etc., they
  must slow down and look to see if the way
  is clear before they go on. This includes
  yielding to pedestrians who have already
  entered a crosswalk.
– Stay alert at all times. Bicyclists must
  watch out for potholes, cracks, wet
  leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or
  anything that could make them lose
  control of their bike. To ensure bicyclists
  can hear when they ride, they should not
  wear a headset.
    Reasons I hear for not wearing a
               Helmet!!!!

•   It’s not cool!
•   It will mess up my hair!
•   It might get lost!
•   My friends don’t wear one!
•   The color doesn’t match my bike!
     Famous People Who Wear
            Helmets!
Lance Armstrong-7 time Tour De France Bike
  Race Winner (Lives in Austin)

Tony Romo- Dallas Cowboy Football Player

Joshua Beckett-pitcher Boston Red Socks
    (Joshua was born in Spring, TX)

Jimmie Johnson- 4 Time NASCAR Winner
                 Safety Tips
• Be sure to ride on the right side
  of the road.
• Watch for cars! Especially at cross streets and
  driveways.
• Look both ways before crossing the street.
• When riding to school, cross at the crosswalk
  with a crossing guard.
            Safety Tips Continued
• Inspect your tires and brakes each time you
  ride.
• Check your helmet fit each time you ride.
• Replace helmets after a crash or every five
  years.
• Never talk to strangers, even when riding
  a bike.
– Look before turning. When turning left or
  right, it is important to always look behind
  you for a break in traffic, then signal before
  making the turn. Watch for left or right-
  turning traffic.
– Watch for parked cars. Bicyclists should
  ride far enough out from the curb to avoid
  the unexpected from parked cars (like
  doors opening or cars pulling out).
– Adjust your bicycle to fit. Stand over your
  bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches
  between you and the top tube (bar), if
  using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches, if it is a
  mountain bicycle. The seat should be level
  from front to back. The seat height should
  be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the
  knee, when the leg is fully extended. The
  handlebar height should be at the same
  level with the seat.
– Control your bicycle. Always ride with at
  least one hand on the handlebars. Carry
  books and other items in a bicycle carrier or
  backpack.
– See and be seen. Always wear fluorescent,
  neon or other bright colors when riding day
  or night. Wear something that reflects light,
  such as reflective tape or markings, or
  flashing lights. Remember, just because you
  can see a driver doesn’t mean they can see
  you.
– Avoid riding at night. It is more
  dangerous for children to ride bikes at
  night than during the day. Do make sure
  there are reflectors on the front and rear
  of the bicycle, in addition to reflectors on
  tires. Many states require bicycles to
  have white lights on the front and red
  rear reflectors.
                Final Words
• Have fun riding, but remember to be safe.
• Follow the rules of bike riding, especially when
  riding on the street.
• Always tell your parents where your going,
  who you are with, and when you will be
  home.

Can anyone tell me why the last statement is SO
  IMPORTANT?
BICYCLE SAFETY
It’s Leadership &
  Commitment