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Bike Safety Rodeo Being Held Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, from 5-8 p.m., MeritCare Children's Southwest Clinic, 2701 13th Ave. S., is holding a bike safety rodeo. This free event is being offered to help kids and caregivers understand the importance of safety on wheeled sports, such as biking, rollerblading and skateboarding. This event was rescheduled from Thursday, June 7.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, from 5-8 p.m., MeritCare Children's Southwest Clinic, 2701 13th Ave. S., is holding a bike safety rodeo. This free event is being offered to help kids and caregivers understand the importance of safety on wheeled sports, such as biking, rollerblading and skateboarding. This event was rescheduled from Thursday, June 7.

The event will consist of interactive stations, set up in fun and entertaining ways for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. To participate in the event, children will be required to wear a helmet. Helmets will be available for purchase for $10.

Kids will learn to:
  • Check their helmets
  • Make sure their wheels are properly fitted
  • Make simple repairs to bikes, skateboards, scooters etc.
  • Follow traffic rules
  • Ride correctly—balance, starting and stopping, riding straight, scanning and signaling
  • Know where it is safe to ride

The most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from wheeled sport accidents is to wear a helmet. Currently, only 41 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 wear helmets when participating in wheeled sports, and 35 percent of them use helmets incorrectly.

In April 2007, Safe Kids Worldwide study ranked North Dakota 42nd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the number of children's accidental injury deaths in summer. "Given that nearly all fatal accidents are preventable, we encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of community education events, such as bike rodeos, to learn how they can help prevent accidental injuries," said Bobbi Paper, coordinator of Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead.

For more information:
  • Visit meritcare.com; keyword bike rodeo
  • On the Safe Kids study, visit news.meritcare.com and click on archives, or visit safekids.org

This event is sponsored by MeritCare Children's Clinics