Saturday, August 20, 2011

With the Wind In Their Hair

All around Pomona, but especially in the Lincoln Park District, I am noticing kids under 18 years old riding bicycles without helmets on. Of course this includes teenagers, who want to look cool I geuss, but even younger kids are going helmetless.

As a mom, this drives me nuts! Not only does it make me wonder where the parents are (and don't I sound like my parents now), but makes me think the Pomona public schools are not doing a good job of teaching how lifesaving the helmets can be.

Here's the statue on the California Bike Law. What's so cool about it is 75% of the money goes to the County of Education towards awareness programs (which are obviously needed) and some 20% goes to the City where the ticket was given. I'm not sure what percentage of traffic tickets goes back to the City of Pomona usually, but I suspect it's low.

Hopefully a Pomona cop will start noticing all the kids riding around town with the wind in their hair and do something about it.

I really do.


Ms. Lois said...

Goddess, it's good to see you back. I like the new look of your blog with all the bright colors. Say hi to Mr. Big for me!

goga said...

Oooo, the libertarian in me comes out --- common law trumps all the codes. If you aren't bringing harm to another's freedoms, it is my God given right to do whatever I choose with my life, including not to wear a helmet --- that IS the real freedom of living in America. And there is nothing in the Bible that dictates that I am required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Goddess of Pomona said...

So perhaps these are the libertarian leaders of tomorrow I am seeing riding around town with the wind in their hair?

Goga, you are an adult, and as such IMO, have every God given or devil worshipping right to ride around with the wind in your hair. But children are not fully formed as individuals to make those decisions for themselves yet, in part because they are not completely aware of the consequences.

goddess of pomona said...

Goga and Lois-
Glad you found me. Nice to be back. HOpe it lasts as it is a nice outlet.

three Jay said...

I've noticed that a lot of families bike around Lincoln Park. The kids usually have helments on and the parents don't. Do as I say not as I do.