Health & Safety

January 17, 2014

Be safe, know bicycle, running rules

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Here at Edwards AFB, we promote staying “Fit to Fight” in addition to accomplishing our everyday missions. This keeps our Airmen, civilians and even our children healthy and active.

While the gym is an excellent place to get in a great workout, it can certainly get monotonous. If you would rather take to the great outdoors for your workout, or even for some wholesome family fun, there are a few things you should keep in mind to keep you and your family safe.

Regardless of whether you live on Edwards AFB or in the local community, the following guidelines can be found in the California Vehicle Code or Edwards AFB Instruction 31-218.

When running on base, joggers are permitted to run on the roadway, however they must run on the shoulder of the roadway and against traffic. When running at night, wear brightly colored clothing with retro-reflective properties. If no bright colored clothing can be found, break out the good ole “disco belt.”

If Santa thought you were nice and rewarded you with a new iPod, you should know that you cannot “jam out” while walking, running or biking on any roadway. You can, however, wear headphones if you’re working out on established running tracks or off-road running trails.

Bicyclists are subject to the California Vehicle Code and many of the same rules and regulations that apply to motor vehicle operators also apply to their two-wheeled counterparts. If you are over the age of 30, I’m sure you can remember building a bike ramp to try to jump over the neighbor’s garbage cans. But since we are a little smarter now, it is important to note that helmets are a must for children and adults. The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists a wide variety of helmets to keep your cranium in one piece.

As a safety concern, while operating a bicycle on a roadway, ride as close to the right of the roadway as possible with the flow of traffic. When riding at night, use a headlight and a rear reflector to ensure motorists can see you and give plenty of passing room.

It should seem pretty instinctive, but bike riders need to give the right-of-way to motor vehicles and take notice to not impede the flow of any oversized vehicles. The law also prohibits you from attaching yourself to another bicycle, sled, skateboard or recreational device for added pedal power. Bicyclists cannot carry more persons than the manufacturer designed the bicycle to support. It is a bike, not a clown car…

The bottom line is that we want everyone to be safe, not just with your new toys, but all year long. Keep safety in mind as you exercise and play outside so you are around to upgrade your toys next year!




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