by Jerry Jambazian
September 12, 2013 • 426 views
Now that school bells are ringing again its time to be thinking about safety for our young citizens. In case you did not know, the California bicycle helmet law is straightforward and easy to understand. The law defines a bicycle as ” any vehicle on which any person may ride and which is propelled only by human power, using a belt, chain or gears and which has at least one wheel.” The fine for not using a helmet is minimal, but the law should be taken seriously because the physical risks of riding without a helmet can be great.
If you are under the age of 18 you must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle on a street, bikeway or public bicycle path. The law also requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skateboard, and inline skates. Our local Sheriff’s Department will begin citing for not wearing a helmet and also since a bicycle is considered under the law as a vehicle they must also come to a stop at stop signs. Parents, you are responsible for paying the fine.
I speak from experience after spending 11 days at Huntington Memorial Hospital as a youth. No helmet, no sense, no brains. Broken bones can be reset, but a broken head is another story. You do the math, 140 pounds against steel and pavement. Who do you think is going to lose?
Driving the streets of San Gabriel this morning I felt I needed a helmet because my head kept hitting the ceiling of my car after hitting all the potholes. Do they make a helmet for automobile drivers? I will check it out after getting my front end aligned.
Another one of my favorite items are motorcycle “lane splitters.” Lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California. The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining,” refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light.”
Motorcyclists who are competent enough riders to lane split, should follow these general guidelines if choosing to lane split:
1) Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic – danger increases at higher speed differentials. – A speed differential of 10 miles per hour or less allows an alert, competent rider enough time to identify and react to most dangerous situations that can occur. – The greater the speed differential, the less time a rider has to identify and react to a hazard. 2) It is not advisable to lane split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster — danger increases as overall speed increases. – At just 20 mph, in the 1 or 2 seconds it takes a rider to identify a hazard, that rider will travel approximately 30 to 60 feet before even starting to take evasive action. Actual reaction (braking or swerving) will take additional time and distance. – Braking and stopping distance varies greatly based on a multitude of factors (rider, machine and environment). As speed increases, crash severity increases.
My store has a lot of window glass which allows me a good view when emergency vehicles are traveling on Las Tunas with lights and sirens. It amazes me when motorist don’t pull over to the right when these angels of mercy are traveling at great speeds. When you see lights and siren please don’t stop in the middle of the street. Pull over to the right. The middle is where they want to be and feel it is the most safe. Also, don’t try to beat them by crossing the street in front of them either by car, walking, or running.
Temple City Tweets: The Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement Project is about six months along and right on schedule, in fact, ahead of schedule. Demolition and reconstruction activities are taking place on the sidewalks. Compared to the project completed to the north, Rosemead Blvd is going to be beautiful complete with trees and pedestrian lighting. The contracts for the art elements are in place including some beautiful sculptures, tiles, and seating areas by world famous artists. The construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..
After 60 years the Council Chambers are being remodeled. New sound system, seating, better handicap accessibility, new dais, and video enhancements are just some of the items being replaced in the next two months. Council, Commission, and Committee meetings will take on the road until November. The September 17 Council meeting will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 9642 Live Oak Ave. You can view the complete schedule of meetings at the city website: www.templecity.us
As this publication comes out on September 11 we are reminded again about the attack on Americans which occurred September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
Over 3,000 people lost their lives that day and we will never forget that terrible day.
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