Families have an opportunity to ride down to Highland Park today to participate in a bike safety event.
The 4 p.m. to 7 pm. event will be hosted by the City of Swift Current, in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre.
Volunteers will be conducting helmet and bike inspections, and the day is an opportunity to learn about safety awareness while enjoying some fun cycling activities.
Free hot dogs will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A bike safety course has been painted at the Highland Park outdoor rink. Riders can navigate the course, which is designed as a mock street, with crosswalks and stop signs.
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute emphasizes cycling safety, with the following key points:
– Cycling is an activity that requires skills and behaviours gained through training and practice.
– Cycling-related injuries are preventable.
– The majority of cycling-related injuries can be prevented by practicing safe cycling behaviours, following the rules of the road, and wearing a bicycle helmet.
– One out of every three Saskatchewan children hospitalized with a bicycle-related injury suffers a head injury.
– Helmet use reduces the risk of head injury and brain injury by up to 85 per cent.
– Adult cyclists, parents, and caregivers must model appropriate cycling behaviour for young child cyclists.
For more information on Bike Safety and rules of the road visit www.skprevention.ca.