Kids Bike Safety Kicks off Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week

7 years 7 months 3 days ago Saturday, May 14 2011 May 14, 2011 Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:38:00 PM CDT May 14, 2011 in News
By: Amanda Sohaney

COLUMBIA - The tenth annual Mayors Challenge: Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week kicked off Saturday morning with Kids Bike Safety. 

"There's a lot of bike related deaths each year," says Mike Richardson, Police Cadet Captain.

The focus of the Bike Safety event was to teach kids to be safe in order to prevent these accidents from happening.

"When kids grow older they have a super man complex, but when they're younger they just don't know," says Richardson. "And so knowledge is power in this type of situation."

The event featured six stations with a different safety tip at each one.

"They learn how to do anything from a right hand turn signal to a left hand turn signal, to stopping and starting and balancing," says Recreation Specialist Dayton Grover.

One of the stations even gave away free helmets and bicycle safety lights to kids. Parents agreed that biking is a fun activity for kids as long as they knew how to be safe.

"It's important that they learn the right ways to ride their bike near and around streets," says Patrick Vavra, parent of two.

The event also stressed the importance of young children learning bicycle safety.

"They form good habits when they're young so that when they're older they know what to do when they're riding," says Grover.

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week encourages Columbians to use active modes of transportation to get around town. Different activites will run every day until next week. For the full schedule of events visit: www.pednet.org

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