Child safety

If  cycling is a way of life in Portland , why not here? Are we afraid others will see us with a “nerdy” helmet? What about our big SUV’s are they really all that practical?

Watch this clip from CBS news Sunday Morning Show in 2008.


Bicyclists testify in murder trial. Imagine how tough that must have been to recall the day of a bicycle accident where you have lost a fellow cyclist and where you know good and well it could have been you.

For this group of local Santa Clarita cyclists they had to do just that. The driver was on the other side of the road and crossed over the yellow lines and smashed into 4 cyclists in a group ride. The driver was intoxicated well above the legal limit and couldn’t handle the curves in the road.

I wear my helmet on every ride. To the grocery store and back I wear my helmet. My children think it’s not cool to wear a helmet. I tell them about a time when I fell in a bike ride and cracked the shell of the helmet and received a concussion. In that case if it wasn’t for the helmet the outcome could have been fatal. In the case of this rider it would not have mattered but one never knows now do they. So…wear a helmet people, you never know when & where something might happen. It could be the curb in front of your house.

When riding at night you want to be seen and not run over! I have no problem riding my bicycle at night, in fact sometimes I enjoy it as much as the day. You can see autos better because of their lights. You can cut across traffic an not worry if they can see you, they can’t of course unless you have lights.

Sunsets or sunrises are really enjoyable while riding a bicycle.

Now for safety sake I suggest investing in some lights. The link below brings you to a site by the wonderful people at They do reviews on bike stuff relating to commuting, hence the name. This particular review is about lights and lighting devices to be seen.

Enjoy the info courtesy of

I just can’t do what this sign says! It’s not in my cycling persona to do this. I have seen a few people do this. Maybe with their kids but that’s it.

Well my 9 yr old daughter has been bugging me to take her cycling. So we did but it was mountain biking. She loved it! We went on the new trails in Central Park, the cross country trails. It’s not much in distance for me but for a 9 yr old it’s like Big Bear! We went up and down hills. Walked when it got to be difficult for her.

She didn’t have a worry in the world, the way it’s supposed to be when you are on a bicycle!

She then asked me to find a jump as she wanted to try a jump. Well we found a steep little hill. I told her let’s work our way up to a jump and start doing hills first. She approved.

Of course she wore her helmet!

Next will be Mt. Tam!

Here’s the vid. you will have to turn your computer or head sideways as I changed the camera half way thru the filming.

Here is a doctor at a hospital explaining and showing you the importance of a bicycle helmet. Watch this short video…