Re: Safety MB book
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 21:16:50 -0500
William N. Dilla wrote:
> For anyone on the list that might be involved in writing/updating merit
> badge books (and Safety MB counselors, too):
> I was looking at the bicycle safety section of the Safety MB book (pp.
> 22-23), and was somewhat astounded that nowhere does it say to wear a
> helmet! I'm somewhat astounded that the book left out what just about all
> responsible cyclists consider the MOST important cycling safety rule.
One question - Which version of the Safety MB Book were you reading?
A new edition was issued in 1997.
If that's the one, I agree that they have goofed. if not, let's check
the new book first.
> Also rule #4 in the list (have a working horn or bell) seems to be of
> limited use. In this day of motorists driving around with their windows up
> and the radio blasting, who's going to hear a bicycle bell?
Yes, but do you expect them to have auto-horns? If a bicyclist has a
bell or horn (even an old fashioned bulb horn), he CAN get the attention
of Pedestrians who may be blocking his path (unless they're using a
"Walkman" type radio with headphones). In addition, some communities
have equipment laws that require a bell or horn.
I'd sure prefer a bell or horn to the whistles that cycle-messengers in
NYC and other cities constantly use.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
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