Using their personal bike wrecks as evidence, two County Council members took time out from campaigning for re-election to urge parents and children to don their helmets before peddling anywhere.
Councilman Michael L. Subin particularly took aim at adults who fasten children — without helmets — into trailers or seats to tag along. Subin (D-At large) of Gaithersburg recently fractured four ribs and punctured a lung in a bicycling run-in with a tree.
Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen advised adults to carry identification and a mobile phone in addition to wearing helmets. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park spent a week in intensive care seven years ago after suffering a head injury and breaking her pelvis in a fall on the Capital Crescent Trail.
Maryland law requires that helmets be worn by anyone under 16 while operating a bicycle on roads, bikeways or public property open to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
But everyone should wear them, the public safety and county officials said.