Make Biking, Walking Safer

Nov 7, 2010 Full story: Hartford Courant

The heartbreaking death of a much-admired Windsor Locks teenager in a car-bicycle collision should urge local and state officials and advocates to do everything possible to make roads safer for people who aren't in cars.

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Motorist

Hartford, CT

#1 Nov 12, 2010
How would this have helped in this situation ? It was midnight, the kid was supposedly in the cross walk, a car driving to fast him.

This just seems like a ploy to get more money out of us taxpayers.
enelrad

Hartford, CT

#2 Nov 15, 2010
Don't we already have a bicyclist hemlet law in the State of Connecticut? Is it reasonable to expect a bicyclist on the road at or around midnight?
Motorist

Hartford, CT

#3 Nov 15, 2010
enelrad wrote:
Don't we already have a bicyclist hemlet law in the State of Connecticut? Is it reasonable to expect a bicyclist on the road at or around midnight?
You are right....the kid was 15 and the law requires anyone 15 & younger to wear a helmet. Not that a helmet really would have helped in this case.

Connecticut's Bicycle Helmet Law

Senate Bill No. 597
Public Act No. 97-46
An Act Requiring Children Fifteen Years of
Age and Under to Wear Bicycle Helmets
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Subsection (b) of section 14-286d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b)No child FIFTEEN years of age OR UNDER shall operate a bicycle on the traveled portion of any highway unless such child is wearing protective headgear which conforms to the minimum specifications established by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling. Failure to comply with this section shall not be a violation or an offense. Failure to wear protective headgear as required by this subsection shall not be considered to be contributory negligence on the part of the parent or the child nor shall such failure be admissible in any civil action.

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