Oct. 1, 2013
Groups interested in promoting bicycle safety now have another resource to use when teaching middle and high school students about the perils of unsafe bicycling, and the benefits of obeying traffic laws. Seven graphic novels have been produced by the Phoenix Street Transportation Department to illustrate the danger of riding without a helmet and disobeying traffic laws. The graphic novels also have been translated into Spanish to make them available to a wider readership.
“These graphic novels engage young people in an entertaining and informative way,” said Joseph Perez, the city’s bicycle safety coordinator. “The characters are exaggerated, but the safety message is very serious. When people remember to bicycle safely, they could prevent a collision.”
The safety graphic novels are one facet of the Street Transportation Department’s efforts to educate on bicycle safety. Department staff members also work with schools and community groups to educate youths on the best routes to bicycle to school, work with community members on developing bicycle infrastructure projects, and present on safe bicycle use throughout the city.
Copies of all seven of the bicycle safety graphic novels can be downloaded in PDF format from the Bicyle Safety website.
Matthew Heil 602-534-1597