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October 15, 2018
As students ease back into their school routines, one thing that may have changed is how your child gets to school. Courtesy busing only extends to those who live 2 miles or more from school in Hillsborough County, and bell times are earlier than before for some students, with elementary students now needing to arrive by 7:40 a.m. More kids on the road competing with rush hour traffic can make for some ugly scenarios, but sensible precautions can make that early morning bike into some of your best school memories. Here are some bike safety tips from Michelle Sterling, injury prevention expert with St. Joseph’s Children’s Wellness and Safety Center.
The number one safety rule is to wear a properly fitted helmet. Sterling explains that the helmet should start no more than two finger widths above the eyebrows and straps should make a “v” around the ears. You should be able to fit no more than one finger between the chin and chin strap. Sterling likes to point out that this is actually not an optional safety step; wearing a bicycle helmet is mandatory in the state of Florida and being caught without one might get you a citation. If you want to make sure you’ve put it on your little one the right way, you can stop by the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Safety Store and the injury prevention experts in the store will help you choose the correct size helmet for their child. (https://baycare.org/sjch/for-patientsvisitors/the-safety-store or (813) 554-8510)