Bike and Helmet Safety
Helmets and Bikes:
Knowing the Rules & Precautions
for Toys & Their Owners
With longer days and fewer scheduled activites, summertime is great for playing outside and riding bikes.
Our Lady of the Lake Trauma Nurse Katie Sheets addresses the important safety issue of wearing helmets during these and other activities.
Over the years, the Louisiana Legislature has passed a number of laws designed to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe. One of the more recent laws, the Colin Goodier Bicycle Protection Act, requires motor vehicle operators to maintain a three-foot clearance between the vehicle and a bicycle when passing a bike.
Some additional laws and common-sense practices from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission designed to keep bike riders and pedestrians safe are:
- Every person riding a bicycle on a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
- Bike riders should give appropriate hand signals when turning, stopping or decreasing speed.
- Every person operating a bike on a roadway must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible.
- Persons riding bikes on a roadway must not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
- Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bike riders are required use the path and should not use the roadway.
- All bike riders should wear an approved helmet. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear an approved helmet.
- Where sidewalks are provided, it is unlawful for a pedestrian to walk on an adjacent highway.Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along a highway should, when possible, walk only on the left side of the highway or its shoulder, facing traffic, which may approach from the opposite direction.
See a list of all Louisiana Bike Laws here.
Check out the guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for choosing a proper helmet.