July 29th, 2011


Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

Teaching kids safe cycling rules was one common focus of the recent ROAD RESPECT Tour.

A princess learns to ride safely at a Road Respect bike rodeo

UDOT and the Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office recently sponsored a cycling tour to spread the word about ROAD RESPECT, a new program to promote safe driving and cycling. Cyclists took breaks along the way to join local residents at rallies and stops. Teaching kids safety rules was a big part of many of those events.

Getting a proper fit

Children and teens ride bicycles at a higher rate than adults, according to an observational study completed by the Utah Department of Health. Unfortunately, young people make up the biggest percentage of cyclists hit by cars too. Teaching kids good riding habits can prevent injury and death among Utah’s most vulnerable cyclists.

Organizers of ROAD RESPECT events used a variety of activities to teach kids safe riding skills. In Salt Lake City, SLCPD conducted a bike rodeo at Sugar House Park. SLC residents can have an event of their own by contacting SLPD officers. The Utah Department of Public Safety, Highway Safety office also provides bike rodeos.

In addition to a rodeo, a skill-building course is a good way to help kids gain control on a bicycle. The one road respect event in featured a skills course that required kids to ride in figure 8 patterns, over bumps and lengthwise along a narrow board. The skills course was tough for some of the younger riders, but even the littlest ones showed improvement after a few tries.

Good riding skills were taught at a Road Respect event in Loa.

Family rides were a part of many Road Respect events and rallies. Riding as a family gives parents a chance to teach good safety habits by example.

If you are planning a summer event – like a family reunion or a block party – consider adding a cycling activity along with good food and fun. Teaching safety in a fun environment is a good way to show kids good cycling habits.

Bikes for Kids Utah

Utah Department of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention, Bicycle Safety

Central Utah Public Health Department, Bicycle Safety

Bike Provo



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  1. You make it into an event and the kids won’t even know they are learning. Kudos to the Road Respect program for getting creative and reaching out to our current and future “Kings of the Road”.

  2. My kids love taking part in these events. I enjoy the feeling that they are learning to respect what’s going on around them.

    Well Done!!

  3. Congratulations for the event! Kids safe cycling rules are very important for our family!

  4. I love seeing programs like this. What we need to do is implement road safety tests/schools similar to the ones in Finland.

  5. In the drive to encourage health and wellbeing, bicycle safety is paramount – especially at night. How can we ensure cyclists are safer on the roads?

  6. See the Road Respect website and consult local cycling organizations for tips on staying safe at night.

    Catherine Higgins at November 22, 2011 1:32 am
  7. Teaching children the importance of wearing helmets while riding on unsafe conditions will certainly be a valuable tool when they venture out onto the streets for a bike ride.

  8. Teaching kids good riding habits will prevent injury and death among Utah’s most vulnerable cyclists. What could be more important?

  9. Had a look at the Road Respect website and this was very helpful about riding at night – Thank you!

  10. Helping people to navigate takes the uncertainty out of cycling and modern GPS systems can help with road safety.

    I need to tell my group about this blog – it is highly relevant to our own study.

    Webmaster of Nuvi Map Update

  11. Most bicycle lights don’t work because their batteries have run out. Simple battery rechargers can remove the expense and inconvenience of having to buy new batteries, thereby makiing people safer on the roads. I will never need to buy batteries for my bicycle lights again

  12. These are excellent programs and in my opinion, getting them started on cycling is the best thing. Not only does it promote fitness, but it also is the beginning to a change of culture in our country to make bikes more acceptable. Over seas, bikes are used much more as a means of transportation and that has not taken effect quite the same in the US. Get the kids started early, and that will eventually change.

  13. The kids really like taking part in these types of events. I love the feeling they are learning to regard what’s happening around all of them.

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