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The 411 on Bike Safety

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Biking is fun, healthy and good for the environment. But your bike is a vehicle, not a toy!

Some bike crashes can cause serious injuries and most are related to the behavior of you (the bicyclist) or the motorist. There are a number of things you can do to prevent a crash, and protect your brain if a crash occurs.

Safe Riding Tips

Before riding, make sure you and your bike are ready to ride. Remember to:

  • Wear a Bike Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.
  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding, make sure there is enough air in your tires, check that the brakes work and that your bike is adjusted to fit you correctly.
  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, inclement weather or at night, make yourself visible. Wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding to make yourself visible to others. Also, wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape and/or flashing lights.
  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Look for hazards that may make you crash, such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles and dogs.
  • Use Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication. This includes eye contact with drivers, turn signals, pointing to road hazards for bicyclists behind you and stating “passing on your left,” or “on your left.”
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It’s harder for other road users to see bicyclists at dawn, dusk or at night. Use reflectors on the front and rear of the bike. White lights and red rear reflectors or lights are required by law in all states.

 

May 12, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.