Category Archives: Helmets

Motorcycle safety enters the 21st century

What do you think about airbags for motorcycles? Efforts are underway to improve motorcycle safety by installing airbags in bikes, as well as in rider jackets. Here’s more on the subject from ABC: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/step-towards-safer-motorcycle-riding-154804126.html. Meanwhile, last week, Street Smarts asked … Continue reading

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Reader weighs in on motorcycle helmet law

Dear Street Smarts, I feel that a helmet is a personal decision — and no I do not ride. BUT I feel that if a rider does not wear a helmet that they are then and there taking on full … Continue reading

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Motorcycle, motor scooter helmet laws not built the same state to state

During my recent Hawaii vacation, I noticed that few motorcyclists and zero scooter riders wore helmets while they zipped around Waikiki and Honolulu on the island of Oahu. How could this be? Each state is in charge of crafting their … Continue reading

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Street Smarts sits side saddle during CHP ride along

Last Thursday, I spent the afternoon riding in the passenger seat of a CHP patrol car with Officer Sarah Jackson, the Aptos office’s spokeswoman. Each time I participate in these outings, I never know what we’ll come across but I … Continue reading

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Free helmets for children aim to prevent brain injuries

Parents of children age 19 and under can apply for a free bicycle helmet from the Brain Injury Law Center. Fall-related brain injuries are common among young people under age 19 and the give-away is aimed to reduce the occurrence … Continue reading

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Helmets are available for kids who cannot afford them

Parents who cannot afford to buy their child a bicycle helmet can turn to the Brain Injury Law Center for help. The organization is giving away helmets to families who request them online at http://www.brain-injury-law-center.com/about-us/helmets-for-kids.html. Helmets are available for children under … Continue reading

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Helmet use is a must for young people under age 18

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Interestingly, we had a hard time getting our 15-year-old to wear a helmet. He has been doing a lot of cycling, especially at night after being with friends. Unfortunately, a good friend was hit and injured … Continue reading

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Sun is shining, time for bicycle safety review

As the number of sunny days start to outnumber those that are rainy, more of us may ditch our cars and turn to our bicycles for transportation or recreation. If that’s the case for you and your family, consider following … Continue reading

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The skinny on motorized scooters

To try to save money on gas and maneuver around gridlock, some of you may be thinking about getting a motor scooter. Motorized scooters are two-wheeled devices that have handlebars, a floorboard for you’re your feet to rest or to … Continue reading

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Helmet use among skateboarders; is it the law?

Did you know that people under 18 must wear a helmet while operating a bicycle, a non-motorized scooter or a skateboard, on any street or bike trail?   That’s according to California Vehicle Code section 21212.   The helmet must … Continue reading

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