Free bicycle safety clinic aims to prevent injuries
BAXTER—Children, and their parents or guardians are invited to the Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic 9-11 a.m. May 4 at the Forestview Middle School parking lot in Baxter.
In the event of inclement weather, it will be in the Forestview Middle School gym.
The event is open to riders of all ages free of charge and will go on rain or shine. If a child does not have a bike helmet, or the one he or she has does not fit properly, the child will receive one from Essentia Health.
Children with their bikes will visit various stations for a review of bicycle safety rules, a bicycle safety check and be checked for a properly fitted helmet.
Then they will put the knowledge they gained to the test by riding a mock course. Once complete, they can enter a drawing for a bike and other treats.
"Learning bicycling safety at a young age will stick with someone for life, just like riding a bike," stated Cassie Piepkorn, trauma coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, in a news release. "It's a way to actively engage kids and inform them of some of the things that they can do to prevent injuries while riding a bike."