Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bicycle Safety Demonstration in Morristown Tomorrow

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2008

For Thursday, July 10
Bicycle Safety Demonstration
Morristown, NJ

More New Jerseyans Using Bikes as an Alternate Mode of Transportation. But there has also been an increase in bike rider fatalities in first six months of 2008

WHO: Pam Fischer, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety
John Ciaffone, President, TransOptions, Inc.
Representatives from the local retail bicycle industry and bike riding organizations

WHAT: Local cyclists will provide a demonstration of proper bike safety gear, such as helmets, clothing, reflectors and related equipment. Officials will also provide an overview of bicycle safety, including the rules for safely sharing the roadways with motorists.

Representatives from the medical community will discuss trauma injuries that can occur as a result of bike crashes.

Courtyard directly in front of the
Hyatt Morristown at
Headquarters Plaza
3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.
(In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to a room off the Hyatt Lobby.)

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2008, beginning at 11 a.m.

For Further Information Contact: Maureen Sczpanski, 609-984-2529 NJ Office of the Attorney General, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety.


Andrew J. Besold said...

"Representatives from the medical community will discuss trauma injuries that can occur as a result of bike crashes."

Look, I know safety is a REAL issue with cycling and more people are getting hit as more people turn to cycling as gas prices climb. Most cyclists I see on the road around New Brunswick are unfortunately asking to be put 6 feet under with their total lack of knowledge of proper roadway cycling.

HOWEVER, I think the scare tactics of focusing in on "trauma injuries" does absolutely nothing to help cycling and is in fact very injurious to the cause of promoting cycling for transportation and recreation. I fear all this will do scare those interested people away from cycling instead of encouraging them!

Instead of focusing on how bad your corpse is going to look at your funeral I think it would be much more advantageous to focus on the proper skills people need to use while riding on the road AND THEN focus of safety gear.

kendra said...

I'm going to go to this and write about it for the local Morristown Green blog and try to ask about Andy B's points. I'm also a little bit curious if any part of this will be in Spanish. Anyhow have something else I should be ask, let me know on this thread.

kendra said...

Here's my thing on the Morristown Green blog.

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