Color Inspiration – Bicycle Songs of Safety

Who can’t resist the silly songs and the cheerful and colorful illustrations in the 1964 children’s book “Bicycle Songs of Safety” written by Jill and Lawrence Grossman and illustrated by Herb McClure? (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) It takes you back to a time when kids actually rode bikes around town and there was respect for bicyclists. Below are some excerpts; good advice for any age.




“Keep to the Right!” I’m always amazed when I see kids AND adults pedaling against traffic! Besides being dangerous it must be pretty scary to have cars coming at you while riding.




“When You Ride at Night”

When you ride at night,

you will be alright,

with a rear danger signal and a front white light.

And to be extra safe,

be sure to wear clothes that are white,

at night!



“Never Carry Big Things”

Never carry great big things when you’re on your bike.

Great big things are hard to carry,

that means things like:

people, packages, penguins, polar bears, pumpkins, pandas and such!

You won’t be able to see a thing,

and they weigh too much!

I don’t think this song would be a top hit in Asia!




“Do Not Swerve or Weave in Traffic”

Do not swerve from side to side.

Do not weave in and out of traffic.

Let a straight line be your guide and you will be

terrific, terrific, terrific!

You will be terrific in traffic!


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2 comments on “Color Inspiration – Bicycle Songs of Safety

  1. Bikejuju’s avatarBikejuju on said:

    Love it!

  2. Laura Watson’s avatarLaura Watson on said:

    “I don’t think this song would be a top hit in Asia!”

    I was thinking the exact same thing!!!
    Thanks for sharing Poppy!

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