West Chester Hospital to Host Free Kids’ Bike Safety Rally on August 8

To get more children and parents on board with better bicycling practices, West Chester Hospital will host a free interactive community Bike Rally event on Sat., Aug. 8.

Officers with the UC Health Public Safety Bike Unit and 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 a bike navigation course just like the ones police departments use for training.

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.

In addition to bicycle safety training, kids will get an up close look at the ZNN Tactical Training Team’s advanced defense suit used in defensive tactics training. This free community event is open to the whole family, with food vendors, face painting, a baby goat petting zoo, and more attractions sure to entertain all ages.

WHAT: Free Bicycle Safety Rally
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: West Chester Hospital, 7700 University Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069

West Chester Hospital representatives will provide interviews upon request for any members of the media interested in early morning coverage the day of the event.

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