Encourage use of bike helmets
The bike path is thick with college students, grown-up parents, and grandparents.
As far as I can see, they are all over 16. but there are a lot of the kids who are under 16, and Florida State Law says: “A bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, is fastened securely, and meets a nationally recognized standard.”
I see the police plenty busy just getting that traffic off the island. I don’t argue they should be giving tickets or even yelling at kids without helmets. Maybe we get the Sanibel Cycle Club involved at some big intersections, like the one at Casa Ybel and Periwinkle.
Bikes should stop there, and wait for instructions from the officer on duty. A perfect place for a Cycle Club volunteers to hand out a warning. The warning should state The Florida Law on helmets and that each of the rent-a-bike companies offer free helmets to bike renters. They don’t push them, but, they are available.
Note: “Head injuries account for about one third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycle-related injuries … Bicycle helmets have been found effective in reducing the incidence of severity of head, brain, and upper facial injury. Use of cycle helmets by adult role models promotes use among youth.
I dread the reading of a serious head injury because we islanders didn’t care enough.
Sidney B. Simon