Bicycle / Pedestrian Education
The TPO conducts Bicycle Rodeos year-round for a variety of groups including: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools, etc. Rodeos include activities to help young children learn important skills on their bicycles, such as looking for obstacles and obeying signs and signals. A rodeo may also include how to perform a bicycle safety check and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet.
If you're interested in setting up a Bicycle Rodeo for your group, please keep in mind the following things:
-All children participating should have a bicycle in good working condition.
-All children under 16 years of age are required by law to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet and helmets are required for all rodeo participants, regardless of age.
-Adult volunteers are needed to assist with rodeo activities.
-Rodeos are best when held on a smooth, paved surface with at least 400 sq. feet (20 x 20) of clear, unobstructed space. Firm, well-packed non-paved surfaces can also be used.
-Rodeos are held weather-permitting - no exceptions! Even if it is not raining at the time of the rodeo, if there are large puddles or debris in the rodeo area, staff may elect to reschedule for the safety of all participants, or to move to an indoor location, if one is available.
-Rodeos will not be held after dark.
Please contact Kim Smith at 321-690-6890 for more information and to schedule a rodeo.
Safety Fairs & Exhibits
TPO staff is available to attend Saftey Fairs and other Exhibits to provide information on bicycle and pedestrian safety, how to fit bicycle helmets, Florida laws that apply to bicyclists, and many other topics.
Past fairs and exhibits include:
Patrick Air Force Base events
Kennedy Space Center events
Melbourne Mall events
Parish Health and Fitness Fun Day
Titusville Jump for Joy
World's Greatest Baby Shower
City of Melbourne Employee Health Fair
To request staff participation in your event, contact Kim Smith at 321-690-6890.
Elementary School Programs
The elementary schools in Brevard are committed to bicycle & pedestrian safety, and allocate time in Physical Education (PE) classes to provide bicycle safety lessons. TPO staff assists PE teachers with these safety programs. The TPO also has two fully equipped trailers that contain bicycles and other supplies used to conduct rodeos during the school programs.
Contact your child's school or Kim Smith at the TPO staff office (321-690-6890) to determine if they participate in this program.
Through Brevard Safe Kids, the TPO distributes bicycle helmets to children who cannot afford them. Contact Kim Smith at 321-690-6890 for more information.
About one third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycle-related injuries involve head injuries. A bicycle helmet cannot prevent a crash, but can reduce head injuries and prevent permanent brain damage.
To be effective, a bicycle helmet must be fitted correctly:
-It must fit the head snugly. Use the foam fitting pads inside to customize the fit.
-It should be level and low on the forehead - two finger widths above the eyebrows.
-The front and back straps on each side should form a "V" just below -the ear.
The chinstraps should be adjusted snugly (but not tightly); one should be able to slide two fingers between the strap and the chin or jaw.
Visit the Links page for additional bicycle & pedestrian safety resources.
Getting to School Safely
There are many hazards for children going to school, whether they walk, bicycle or take the bus. The brochures below offer tips for avoiding these hazards.
Getting To School Safely
School Bus Safety
Visit the Links page to find additional bicycle & pedestrian safety resources.
Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day is held the first Wednesday of October to promote walking and bicycling to school. The TPO helps coordinate this event with the local schools and communities. Communities nationwide use the event as a first step towards changing community culture to create environments that are more inviting for people of all ages. Some important reasons to support walking and biking to school are:
To enhance health and well-being: Increased physical activity can combat a host of health problems experienced today by children of all ages.
To improve the environment: A reduction in car trips can help to decrease the amount of pollutants in the environment.
To create safer routes: Increased use of bicycle and pedetrian facilities creates Increased awareness of hazards and promotes education and engineering solutions.
For more information contact the TPO, visit the National Walk to School website at http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/index.cfm, or visit the Links page for additional bicycle & pedestrian safety resources.