Riding a bike is a wonderful activity that the whole family can enjoy, and there’s no better place to ride than Santa Barbara, CA. There are beautiful beaches, exquisite views, a temperate climate, and endless sunny days. Santa Barbara County is also home to several spectacular bike trails.
Our team at NordstrandBlack PC loves residing in Santa Barbara, and we consider it a privilege to give back to our community whenever possible. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our Summer Bike Helmet Giveaway. We’re giving away six brand-new bicycle helmets to local Santa Barbara County residents. With just a few clicks on your phone or computer, entering our contest is easy!
If you’re over 18 years old and live in Santa Barbara, you could win a brand new bicycle helmet for yourself or a special child in your life. We’ll have a drawing to select two winners, one adult and one child, in August, September, and October.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Eligibility – You must be an adult that lives in Santa Barbara County.
- How to enter – Like and share this post on Facebook.
- Six helmets to give away – Two in August, two in September, and two in October.
Why Bike Helmets Are So Important
In California, everyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or roller skates. People over 18 are not legally required to wear a bike helmet, but it’s a good idea for everyone. Wearing a helmet always adds extra protection and sets an excellent example for younger riders.
Bike helmets may be light and comfortable, but they are designed to absorb energy on impact in the event of a collision. This design helps prevent concussions and brain injuries. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head injury by 60 percent for riders who suffer a collision or fall.
For your helmet to do its job, it must fit correctly and be properly adjusted. That means your helmet is:
- Snug. The helmet should fit snugly on your head and not slide around.
- Level. Your helmet should not be tilted. Instead, it should sit evenly on top of your head.
- See that the straps make the letter “Y” right below your ears. You shouldn’t be able to slide more than two fingers beneath your chin.
- Above your eyes. The helmet should sit high enough to not obstruct your view.
Bike Trails in Santa Barbara
Cycling engages several muscle groups at once, providing an outstanding cardiovascular workout. Whether you want to take your mountain bike out in the dirt or ride leisurely along the boardwalk on your beach cruiser, Santa Barbara has a trail or a bike path for you. You can even rent a bike if you don’t have one of your own.
Popular trails and bike paths in Santa Barbara County include:
- Cabrillo Beach Bike Path
- Shoreline Park
- Butterfly Beach
- Goleta Beach Park
- Obern Trail
- Elings Park
- Old San Marcos Pass
- Gibraltar Road
- Cold Springs Trail
Time for a New Helmet?
Inspecting your helmet regularly is crucial. Look for missing or worn-down pads, cracks in the shell, or weakened straps. It’s a good idea to replace your helmet every few years, even if it doesn’t show any obvious signs of wear and tear. Helmets should always be replaced after a collision as soon as possible.
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The NordstrandBlack PC team wants all our friends and neighbors in Santa Barbara County to have a safe and enjoyable summer, but we know accidents happen. Our attorneys are here for you if you’ve been harmed by someone’s careless behavior.
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