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Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to bike safety

Posted June 18, 2012

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Whether you are a kid or an adult, if you say you don’t need a helmet, you’re wrong. Everyone takes a spill sometime.

Just before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Tom and I were enjoying the trails in east Fort Worth when I fell off my bike after hitting an unexpected rut in the trail. Next thing I knew, our wonderful first responders were at my side assisting in the aftermath of my crash.

As Tom describes it, I had the unfortunate opportunity to fall head first onto the trail. I was knocked unconscious and managed to break my right collar bone in the process.

Fortunately, safety is something Tom and I have always taken seriously when it comes to riding our bikes. Looking at my helmet now, it looks like it’s been through a NASCAR race, but thank goodness I spent the time to put it on. The outcome of my fall could’ve been a lot worse.

Despite the scrapes, bruises, broken bone and the concussion, I’m a lucky gal; and I don’t take that for granted. If anything good can come from this accident, I hope our citizens who love to ride as much as I do see just how important it is to take safety seriously and never ride without a helmet. While my helmet’s cracked, it did its job exactly as it was designed to do. I’ll get a new one, and be back on the trails as soon as I can.

And bike helmets for kids are extremely important! Thanks to a local partnership, we’ve got an initiative moving forward to promote bicycle safety for children. This summer, our neighborhood police officers will identify kids under 18 riding bicycles without helmets and give them a helmet on the spot while also educating them about city’s helmet ordinance. No child under 18 is allowed to ride a bike without a helmet in the City of Fort Worth.

Both Tom and I want to share a big “Thank You” to our firefighters on Rescue 14, MedStar personnel and the Tarrant Regional Water District staff who responded to Tom’s call for help. We also want to thank TRWD and Streams and Valleys for the location signage that is being installed along the trails. Thanks to the Location Code sign, Tom was able to alert the first responders to our specific location.

We’ve received a number of questions about our weekly Community Bike Rides, as well as our Children’s Rides that we will kick off this Saturday. All of these rides will continue as planned. I may not be on the bike riding alongside you, but I’ll be cheering you on until I get back in the saddle. I’m going to make every effort be there at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at the T&P Tavern to send off the riders for our weekly Community Bike Ride.

Be sure to check out our Tour de Fort Worth website or my Facebook page for the latest information on our rides. Also, be sure to check out the bike safety information we have online.

The City of Fort Worth is quickly becoming known as a cycle-friendly community, and we’re going to continue to promote healthy lifestyles, a cleaner environment and transportation options for commuters. As we do so, let’s be sure never to take shortcuts on bike safety.

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.

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