Safety MB book
William N. Dilla (sdilla@UMSLVMA.UMSL.EDU)
Sat, 14 Feb 1998 10:33:41 -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.
Paul--Thanks for this observation. Our local Scout Shop is still selling
the 1996 printing of the 1986 version. If anyone on the list has the 1997
version, I'd appreciate knowing if they've changed. In the meantime, I'll
keep an eye out for the appearance of the 1997 version on local shelves.
>> 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.
Hmmm--seems like we have a chance to teach a lesson about relative
importance of safety rules. The helmet certainly is a MUST, always. You can
get just as bad of a head injury coming out of your driveway as out on the
open road somewhere. The importance of the horn/bell will depend on your
riding environment. I will agree that in an environment with lots of
pedestrians (downtown or college campus) that it is important. However, if
you're caught without one, just yelling at the person in the way does just
as well as a bell (maybe better!). Of course, this is my own HO from
persoal experience, not anything official.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City