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Summer safety tips for Airmen, Guardians and families

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Summer is already here and summer is fast approaching. Parents are putting up their children’s jackets and gloves and taking down their skateboards and bikes. But before you do, ensure you are doing so in the most safest and legal way possible. There are rules and regulations we must adhere by and for a reason.

Summer is already here and summer is fast approaching.  Parents are putting up their children’s jackets and gloves and taking down their skateboards and bikes. But before you do, ensure you are doing so in the most safest and legal way possible.  There are rules and regulations we must adhere by and for a reason. The most important reason is to ensure our kids safety.  Here are some helpful safety rules and tips to ensure a safe, happy, and memorable summer:

HUMAN POWERED TRANSPORTATION DEVICES

Operators of, but not limited, to bicycles (including motorized), tricycles and any other human powered vehicles must:

  1. Wear properly fastened and approved (ANSI, Snell, etc.) bicycle helmet.
  2. Retro-reflective vest/jacket or outer garment containing retro-reflective material during hours of darkness.
  3. All bicycles will be equipped with a white front light (not a reflector) visible for 500 ft and red rear reflector or light clearly visible from a distance of 300 ft.
  4. Observe the rules of the road and common courtesies.

NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION DEVICES

Operators of but not limited to skateboards, kick-scooters, roller blades, roller skates must:

  1. Utilize designated pedestrian walkways and paths.
  2. Not utilize installation roadways except for incidental road access associated with all pedestrian related traffic laws.
  3. Wear properly fastened and approved (ANSI, Snell, etc.) bicycle helmet.
  4. Wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, etc. IAW local installation safety policy.
  5. Observe the rules of the road and common courtesies.

LISTENING DEVICES

Wearing portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, iPods, or other listening and entertainment devices (other than hearing aids) while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating, or skateboarding on roadways or requires the crossing of any street is prohibited to all persons. 

CURFEW and LOITERING

In accordance with Colorado Springs 9.2.102, Loitering, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years of age to loiter or to aimlessly drive or ride about, on or about any street, avenue, highway, road, sidewalk, curb,  gutter, parking lot, alley, vacant lot, park, playground, yard, building, place of amusement, or eating place, whether public or private, without the consent or permission of the owner or occupant thereof, during the hours ending at 6 a.m. and beginning at 12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday night through Thursday night. 

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