Garrison Celebrates Bike Safety Month, Introduces Local Rules and Education | Article
Part 1 – Technology
WIESBADEN, GERMANY – People are increasingly using bicycles to get around, exercise or just have fun. By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. As expected, when an accident occurs between a vehicle and a bicycle, it is the cyclist who is most likely to be injured. May is National Bike Safety Month and in this series you’ll learn bike safety tips and the rules of the road – from the proper fit of your helmet to defensive and predictable riding.
A large percentage of accidents can be avoided if motorists and cyclists obey the rules of the road and pay attention to each other. In this first article, you will find out what the requirements are for the safe use of bicycles, skateboards and skateboards.
To ensure that your bike meets all German requirements, the following are mandatory on all bikes weighing more than 11 kilograms:
• Red rear light (max. 60 cm above the ground)
• Red rear reflector (can be integrated into the rear light)
• 2 yellow reflectors on each pedal
• 2 separate braking systems
• 1 bell ring or click
• 1 white front light
• 1 white front reflector (can be integrated with the front light)
• 2 yellow reflectors on each wheel or a solid white reflective strip on both sides of each tire
It is recommended that cyclists wear light-coloured clothing or reflective accessories.
Bicyclists and their passengers (for example, children traveling in a trailer or on bicycle seats) on US Forces installations must wear an approved helmet properly secured under the chin. For more information on how to properly fit and fit a helmet, check out this infographic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Helmets must meet the standards set by the American National Standards Institute or the European Economic Community for bicycle helmets. NOTE: Exceptionally, local national personnel are not required to wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle on US military installations in Germany. However, it is strongly recommended to do so.
The onset of spring not only attracts cyclists to the countryside, but also scooter riders, roller skaters and skateboarders. All of these activities require personal safety awareness.
• Use the right side of paths, trails and sidewalks or other designated areas.
• Do not skate or ride skateboards or scooters in traffic.
• Yield Here to Pedestrians.
• Do not carry or ride with more than one person on skateboards.
• Do not use cell phones or wear audio devices that interfere with hearing and detection of imminent danger.
Regarding safety clothing, skaters, skateboarders and scooter riders must wear:
• Protective equipment according to the standards for bicycle helmets.
• Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards.
• Light colored clothing or reflective accessories.
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation will be offering additional bike programs in May to support “National Bike Month”.
More info on the bike here:
• Does your bike meet German safety requirements?
• Outdoor recreation: safety slides and educational cycling