A Word about Bikes
(and scooters, skateboards, & rollerblades)
Strawberry Park recognizes that many campers bring their bicycles with them when camping. However, all campers must be made aware of our rules regarding bikes. Please understand that these rules are for the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation. Take a moment to explain these rules to your children. Due to insurance constraints, SKATEBOARDS ARE PROHIBITED at Strawberry Park.
Bikes must be ridden in a safe and responsible manner. Any reckless riding will result in loss of bike privileges. This includes riding at a safe speed. There are numerous hills within the Park. Children racing down these hills are not riding under control, and are putting themselves and others at risk. Bike riders must share the roads with pedestrians and vehicles.
Strawberry Park requires that a helmet be worn by any bike rider under the age of 18. Connecticut state law mandates helmets for young riders on any public road. While a broken arm can be easily healed, head injuries can’t. Violators will lose riding privileges.
There is no bike riding after dark. Any bikes out after dark will be locked up in the rack overnight. “Dark” is defined at the discretion of the security staff, but is generally 15 minutes after the official sunset time for any given day.
Bikes may not be ridden in the following areas: the basketball courts, the Rec Center, any sidewalks, any footpaths, the softball infield, performance stages, the Shuffleboard & Bocce Courts and the Washer Toss Courts. This applies to rollerblades and scooters as well.
Bikes must be parked off roadways. Bike racks are provided at the pool, arcade and at the ballfield, and should be used. Bikes left strewn about blocking roadways will be locked up by security. Many bikes and helmets look alike. It is strongly suggested that children lock their bikes, and that parents maintain a written record of bike identification.
Young children should not be allowed to ride unsupervised. Far too many children fail to stop at intersections, and the risk of a bike hitting a vehicle is far greater than a vehicle hitting a bike. We remind drivers that the speed limit within Strawberry Park is 8 MPH and will be strictly enforced.
Gas scooters are not permitted. Electric scooters may be used by adults only (21 & over), kept at 8MPH and with no passengers. In addition, motorized toddler vehicles are not permitted to be used off your campsite. Unfortunately, kids riding in these “toys” are very low to the ground and cannot be easily seen by drivers of actual motor vehicles, especially with large trucks frequently backing out of sites.
All children old enough to ride a bike without direct parental supervision must be old enough to understand these safety rules. In addition, any child old enough to ride on their own should know his or her name and site number, as a Staff member who needs to speak to a bike rider about unsafe riding may ask that child for his or her name and site number. Offenders may lose bike privileges, and bike may be impounded for one day. Multiple offenses may result in loss of riding privileges for duration of stay.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter so crucial to the safety of all cyclists and pedestrians.