scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Bicycle Helmets (was: THE PFD QUESTION)
William N. Dilla (wdilla@IASTATE.EDU
Fri May 26 2000 - 13:18:09 CDT
The couple of excellent posts to the list on May 22nd about PFDs inspired
me to chime in with on one of my safety "hot buttons," namely, bicycle
helmets. The following is a print version of a SM minute I delivered a
couple of weeks ago, and will appear in print in this month's troop newsletter.
As we approach summer camp and the end of the school year, I'd also like to
share some thoughts on safety. As an article elsewhere in this newsletter
shows, we just completed a biking weekend with only one minor injury. But,
the day after the bike hike, something happened to me that stressed that
safety isn't just for Scouting events. Another cyclist cut in front of me
on one of those "safe" Iowa State bike paths, and my bike and I went down.
My bike was seriously damaged and so was I. I'm now sporting an arm brace
to heal the broken wrist that occurred because of this incident. How ironic
for this to happen one day after we got a bunch of cycling Scouts home
safely on the highways of central Iowa!
I was also very glad that I was wearing my bike helmet and avoided more
serious injury. We wear bike helmets on Scouting events because we
recognize that they are an important safety measure. Yet, I see a lot of
our Scouts out riding around without helmets, even though riding the
streets and sidewalks of Ames is probably more dangerous than our little
"adventure" out to the Ledges. I realize that a lot of these guys think
that wearing a helmet is "uncool," but the effects of a brain injury are
even more uncool, and they don't go away.
I hope this gives both parents and Scouts something to ponder as summer
approaches and many of us spend a lot more time on our bikes.