Bicycle helmets required on Fort Knox, safety a concern

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By The Staff

Fort Knox Safety Office

The weather’s turning warmer as the days are getting longer, and more and more cyclists are taking to the roads.

Along with using personal protective equipment, rider actions and reactions play a major role in contributing to injury-free cycling enjoyment. The following safety tips will help ensure safe summer cycling:

n Bicycle helmets that have been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission must be worn by all personnel on bicycles, including family members who ride bicycles on Army installations.

Always wear the helmet flat atop your head. Do not wear the helmet tilted back at an angle. Make sure the helmet fits snugly and does not obstruct your field of vision. Make sure the chin strap fits securely and that the buckle stays fastened to provide impact protection.

No combination of twisting or pulling should remove the helmet from the head or loosen the buckle on the strap.

Do not use a helmet after it has been involved in an accident.

n The wearing of headphones, earphones, or other listening devices while bicycling on or adjacent to roadways on DoD installations is prohibited.

n When bicycling on roadways on DoD installations during hours of darkness or reduced visibility, bicycles must utilize operable head and taillights, and the bicyclist must wear a reflective upper outer garment. The bike’s headlight must clearly reveal objects at least 50 feet ahead.

n Bicyclists will not ride in the training complex or on range roads without approval of DPTMS, Range Division. 

Remember, obey all traffic laws and traffic control devices.  See and be seen. Wear bright fluorescent colors during the day. Stay alert, and keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.  Go with the flow, ride with traffic. Check for traffic and be aware of traffic around you. 

All personnel (including family members) are strongly encouraged to wear personal protective clothing and equipment while participating in biking activities off-post.