Chief George M. McNeil
465 County St.,
Somerset, MA 02726
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
SOMERSET– Chief George McNeil is pleased to share that the Somerset Police Department will be rewarding local children practicing bicycle safety this summer with gift certificates to buy ice cream from a local ice cream shop.
For the second year, members of the Somerset Police Department will be rewarding children that they spot wearing their helmets on their bicycles this summer with a $5 gift certificate to Somerset Creamery.
The bicycle safety initiative began last year, and was funded by donations from community members. This summer, the program was supported by Chief McNeil and Somerset Public School Committee Member Victor Machado, who each purchased 30 gift certificates for the initiative.
“This program is such a fun opportunity for our officers to connect with the community, promote bicycle safety and reward kids who are being safe and wearing their helmets,” Chief McNeil said. “It is so important for children to learn at a young age to wear their helmets whenever they’re on their bicycle.”
The Somerset Police Department would also like to remind the community of the following bicycle safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Bicyclist Safety Tips:
- Wear a helmet that properly fits and adjust your bicycle properly to your height.
- Inflate tires and check your brakes.
- Make yourself visible to drivers regardless of the time of day by wearing neon, fluorescent or bright colors. Wear reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn.
- Use a bike carrier or backpack if you’re transporting books, snacks, etc.
- Watch out for potholes, broken glass, gravel, dogs, puddles and other potential road hazards.
- Ride in the same direction as motor traffic.
- Use proper turn signals.
- State “passing on your left” or “on your left” when passing a pedestrian or other bicyclist.
- Obey traffic laws, including all signs, signals, and lane markings.
- Yield to traffic.
- Yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Look before turning.
- Be cautious of parked cars that may have passengers opening doors, or that may attempt to pull into the road.
- Ride in bike lanes or on bike paths when possible.