Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Palm Beach Sheriffs Get It

From the Boca Raton News site:

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has awarded the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) an $88,750 grant for the purchase of bicycles and bicycle safety helmets.

The PBSO has implemented the FDOT Bicycle Safety Education Program and is currently providing education at elementary schools and local community events. County commissioners said the PBSO has also begun citation enforcement programs for violators of the bicycle/pedestrian right of way.

The PBSO has several certified bicycle safety technicians who currently provide bicycle safety training in many of the elementary schools and through several community safety events. The distribution of these bicycles and bicycle safety helmets will be done through several of these community safety events. No county money is needed, commissioners said.

I firmly believe the reason the majority of the people I see on bikes are in their 30's and 40's is that parents have been driving their kids everywhere the last few decades. There was some research done in England recently that states that Parents drive on average 1,664 miles a year chauffeuring their children.

I suppose I'm just as guilty as anyone -- but am bound and determined to get some of my other family members out on bikes when they ask me to take them somewhere. Two of the four kids who still live at home are already used to riding with me. The other two are going to get a lesson in biking for short trips as soon as the weather warms up a little more.

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