scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Safety equipment
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Fri May 26 2000 - 18:35:21 CDT
We have had quite a good deal of discussion about safety equipment, such as
PFDs, bike helmets, and helmets and pads for skaters and skateboarders, and
getting teens to use them.
I am actually optimistic about the future of the usage of these things,
especially as it becomes more acceptable, or, in the unfortunate sense,
friends get hurt or worse without using them. The tragic death of Derrick
Thomas, for example, has gone a long way in the Kansas City area in
encouraging everyone to wear seat belts.
But then, on a lighter note, I can remember when I bought by first expensive
nice bike as a teen. Some of you mountain bikers can cast back....a Trek
830, with shimano gears and brakes...steel frame. Tough bike. Still have
it, 15 years later. And I ordered it with toe clips! I took it home and
went out to ride with some friends who immediately made fun of me for having
toe clips. Do you know how many students I see on the Univ of Missouri
campus with clips on their bikes? Or even those old friends of mine?
Things will come around...