Bridgeland is a community built on the concept of getting outside and exploring all that it has to offer. Riding a bike is an ideal way to take in the natural beauty in Bridgeland. With that in mind, Bridgeland wants everyone to remain safe as they explore the community.
When it comes to bike safety, It’s never too early to learn the rules of the road. This important lesson was shared with Bridgeland residents earlier this month during the community’s annual picnic.
Lieutenant Mitch Hutter and Deputy Danny Stovall of Harris County Constable Precinct 5 helped the Cypress community launch the Bridgeland Bike Safety Club, designed to teach young children the rules of the road as they bicycle through the community and beyond.
As Bridgeland’s youngest residents looked on, Lt. Hutter and Deputy Stovall presented their safety program, which focused on five main precautions:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Look both ways when crossing a street or exiting a driveway.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Always come to a complete stop at all stop signs.
- Always ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic when in a roadway.
To encourage children to follow these rules, the Bridgeland Bike Safety Club will employ a sticker system, rewarding safe behavior on Bridgeland’s streets and trails. All children present for the presentation received their first safety sticker for their bicycle helmets as a reminder that bicycle safety is never something to forget.
“Anytime bikes and cars share the road, it’s important for everyone to understand how to ensure both groups can safely co-exist,” said Lt. Hutter. “It’s so important for kids to know that staying safe on a bicycle means paying attention to what’s going on around you.”
As Bridgeland’s constables patrol through the community, they will keep a close eye out for young bicyclists who are obeying stop signs and watching for traffic, rewarding them with additional bike safety stickers for their helmets.
Lt. Hutter believes the program will catch on quickly with Bridgeland children. “Obeying the rules of the road becomes easier not only the more you do it, but also the more you see others doing it,” he said.