State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently enjoyed a bicycling tour with his family and would like to take this opportunity to remind constituents of the importance of bike safety.
"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."
New York State requires children under the age of 14 to wear protective head gear when riding bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or non-motorized scooters. The law is referred to as the “Bicycle Helmet Law” and it’s aimed at protecting children from sustaining head injuries in bicycle accidents — injuries that can often be serious and sometimes fatal. In the case of an accident, helmets will bear much of the impact and protect the skull and brain from the trauma that could result from a dangerous fall or collision.
Senator Farley has free brochures on bicycle safety and helmet use and they are available through his office by calling 455-2181 (Albany), 885-1829 (Ballston Spa), 762-3733 (Johnstown) or toll-free at (800) 224-5201.