Meadville Tribune

June 19, 2013

Saturday is bike safety day for kids


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Parents are encouraged to bring their children and bicycles to a bicycle safety event that takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex, 800 Thurston Road, Meadville.

Children will have their bikes inspected, and bicycle helmets also will be sized and inspected. Bicyclists can test their skills on a bicycle safety course. Anyone attending the event will receive a free pass to use at the MARC pool for that day.

The program is sponsored and supported by AAA East Central, Meadville City Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Meadville Area Recreation Complex, Meadville Medical Center, Meadville YMCA, Crawford County Safe Kids and Meadville Fire Department.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent — yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.