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Bicycling was a Brownie Try-It from the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Council.

Purpose: This Try-It was created to promote bicycle safety and physical fitness. Girls must complete four of the following six requirements to earn the Bicycling Try-It.

Activities[]

Rules of the Road[]

Following the rules, laws and etiquette on the roads are important to safe bicycle riding. Learn and practice the rules of the road for each of the following situations:

  • Which side of the road do you travel on when riding a bicycle?
  • What do you do at an intersection?
  • What do you do at a traffic light or stop sign?
  • What is the proper procedure when on a sidewalk or crosswalk?

Hand Signals[]

Learn and practice the hand signals for making RIGHT / LEFT turns and stopping

A Safe Bicycle[]

Learn what a safe bicycle should have, such as hand brakes and/or coaster brakes, handle grips, reflectors/lights, chain guard, pedals, horn/bell, etc. Learn how to tell if a bicycle is the right size for you.

Helmets[]

Learn why it is important to wear a helmet and find out how to be sure it is the right fit for you. What other personal safety equipment can be used while bicycling?

What To Bring[]

Find out what items you may want to take with you when bicycling like a water bottle, tire pump, air gauge, first aid kit, lock or a tire patch kit.

Adventure Out[]

Plan and go for a ride on your nearest bicycle path, local park or somewhere away from traffic. Do not forget to wear a helmet and enclosed comfortable shoes!

Resources[]

Bicycle specialty shops (not department store) Local Bike Clubs (bike shops can help with this) Mass Highway Dept and http://www.mass.gov for information on Massachusetts bicycle laws. Local Police Department: Some municipalities have bike ordinances of which you should be aware.

Books[]

Street Smarts by John Allen Effective Cycling by John Forester

See also[]

List of Council's Own Brownie Try-Its

External Links[]

http://www.massbike.org http://www.massgeneral.org/children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_bicycle_safety.aspx http://kenkifer.com/bikepages/index.htm http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/341.pdf http://www.mcgruffspo.com/productpages/bikesafety.cfm Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Council's Own Awards Bicycling Try-It

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