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Children’s summer safety

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Spring is already here and summer is fast approaching. Parents are putting away their children's jackets and gloves and getting out their skateboards and bikes.

But before you do, ensure you are acting in a safe and legal way. There are rules and regulations we must adhere to. 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. Wear a 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 feet and red rear reflector or light clearly visible from a distance of 300 feet.
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 a properly fastened and approved (ANSI, Snell, etc.) bicycle helmet.
4. Wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, etc. in accordance with local installation safety policy.
5. Observe the rules of the road and common courtesies.

Listening devices
Wearing portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, music players, or other listening and entertainment devices (other than hearing aids) while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating, or skateboarding on roadways or requiring 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 midnight on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday night through Thursday night.

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