Union County, NJ – Summer is the season to enjoy car trips and bike rides, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a series of free programs to help parents, caregivers and children ensure safety on the roads.

“It’s always important to make sure child car seats are properly installed and bike helmets are properly fitted,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “These free programs are designed to help parents and caregivers provide for safe and enjoyable summer activities for the whole family.”

The next program in the series takes place on June 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1000 IKEA Drive in Elizabeth. Trained technicians will be on hand, free of charge, to provide guidance and answer questions about bicycle safety and bicycle helmets, and to ensure that car seats are installed correctly.

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Additional programs are scheduled for Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, August 4 at 1000 IKEA Drive from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Basic road safety guidance for bicycling includes:

·      Ride in single file with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible while keeping an eye out for sewer grates and other hazards.

·      Use hand signals when making turns: hold left arm straight out to the left for left turns, hold left hand with forearm up for right turns.

·      In case of heavy traffic or other hazards at intersections, play it safe: dismount and walk the bicycle across.

·      Be visible by wearing bright colors. If cycling at night is unavoidable, use headlights and reflectors.

Drivers should be aware that bicycling is popular for sport, recreation and commuter travel. Be alert for bicycles on the road and be prepared to slow down or stop when necessary.

For more information about Union County’s car seat and bicycle safety programs, or to request a presentation on bicycle safety for a community group or other organization, contact Christine Marcantonio, Traffic Safety Program Coordinator at cmarcantonio@ucnj.org or 908-789-6830.