Louisville Wheelmen Newsletter -- September-October 1995

Why Education?

by Mary Margaret Williams

“Each year nearly 1 million children under the age of 14 are treated for bicycle injuries.”
“Some 600 of these children die, and another 260,000 will be admitted to hospitals due to bicycle-related head trauma.”
“Many adults believe it is safer to ride on the sidewalk and/or facing traffic.”
(We know it's not.)

Local and state law enforcement personnel and much of the general public are unfamiliar with or don't know the laws concerning the rights of cyclists. Beginning bike riders are in need of programs to assist them in handling skills, proper equipment, repair, and laws regarding their rights as a vehicle on the road. Bike Maintenance Classes offer a break during the winter days of little outdoor cycling and provide cyclists with the knowledge to maintain their bikes year to year. We could include many more facts to this exhaustive list, some of which are personal experiences where you have been harassed or even injured by a person uneducated in the law or rights of the cyclists.

Through our Educational Programs, we can accomplish the following and a lot more:

The Louisville Wheelmen are very fortunate to have an abundance of dedicated cyclists who are willing to give up some of their precious riding time in order to help educate the public and other cyclists, regarding safe and effective cycling.

I would like to give a BIG THANKS to the following people who have assisted in instructing and/or spent time at a booth this summer educating: Craig Holmes, Tom Knight, Amy Johannemann, Edd Johannemann, Barbara Berman, Dave Spitler, Norm Minnick, Glenn Todd, Kevin and Gail Clay, Carol Leist, Don Williams, Jim Tretter, and Albert Linder.

If you would like to be involved in Education, feel free to give me a call at 267-4477 or Dave Spitler at 458-2094.

Statistics on children provided by Safe Kids and Kosair Hospital of Louisville.
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