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City of Swift Current hosting bike safety event, May 17

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The City of Swift Current, in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre, is hosting the annual Bike Safety event on Wednesday, May 17th at Highland Park from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

 

There will be helmet and bike inspections, safety awareness and fun cycling activities taking place at the park. Participants can enjoy free hotdogs from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. We would like to thank our local sponsors, community volunteers and partners for their support in hosting this event.

We are excited to be holding this event at the Bike Safety Course in the outdoor rink at the Highland Park. This is the very first of its kind in Saskatchewan! 

The bike safety course is painted on the surface of the rink so that children, youth and families can practice biking along a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs; as well, they can bike through a figure eight, around obstacles, and through a diminishing clearance activity. 

We hope that this gives community members an opportunity to encourage bike safety through demonstrations, practice and fun!

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%.

- 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

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