Police Departments of West Chester Hospital & West Chester Township Host Second Annual Free Kids’ Bike Safety Rally

Bike Safety RallyTo encourage more children and parents to increase their awareness of safe bicycling practices, West Chester Hospital will host a free interactive community Bike Rally event on Sat., May 21. Kids are invited to bring their bicycles to try their skills on fun navigational courses, just like the courses that police departments use for training.

Police officers from the UC Health West Chester Hospital Public Safety Bike Unit and the West Chester Police Department will demonstrate proper helmet safety and check kids’ bikes for defects that could cause injuries. Kids will also have the chance to ride alongside police officers through the navigation course and receive helpful tips for safely riding and maneuvering their bikes.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Jet’s Pizza and White Castle. Free bicycle checks will be provided by Trek, Montgomery Cyclery and West Chester Cyclery.

Other safety attractions include the UC Health Trauma Services team who will provide injury prevention activities and information, and Bear Paddle Swim School will be on hand to share swimming safety tips as well.

While only one percent of all trips taken in the United States are by bicycle, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which also estimates that there are approximately 500,000 emergency room visits related to bike accidents annually.

WHAT: Free Bicycle Safety Rally
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: West Chester Hospital, 7700 University Dr., West Chester, Ohio 45069

The event will take place in the hospital’s east parking lot – please look for event signage on hospital premises.

NOTE: Officers from the West Chester Township and West Chester Hospital Police Departments will be available to provide interviews upon request for any members of the media interested in morning coverage on the day of the event.

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