Bike Clinic Teaches Kids Safety Skills

April 5, 2012

Free Event Highlights Bike Safety and Importance of Helmets

The warm weather is here, which means kids will be out and about, potentially on their bikes or skates.

But don’t let them forget their safety helmets and rules for the road.

According to national statistics, more than 1.8 billion bicycle outings occur each year, resulting in nearly 580,000 visits to emergency departments. Injuries sustained range from common abrasions, cuts and bruises to broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma and even death.

Kids can learn bicycle safety tips through a fun and interactive clinic being offered Sat., May 12, from 9-11 a.m. at New London Middle School.

This event is sponsored by The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation, New London Family Medical Center, and ThedaCare Physicians-New London. The foundation is working in collaboration with the New London High School Decca Club and the New London Police Department. Additional funding has been provided from the United Way New London.

Deborah Johnson, WRAHF president, said the event highlights awareness of bike safety and the importance of wearing helmets. “As the healthcare provider in the community, our hope is to help kids stay safe,” she said. “We look forward to this event and providing kids with the tips they need to stay safe when biking or skating. Accidents can easily happen and kids need to be aware and equipped to prevent serious, even life threatening, injuries.”

Children, ages 5-12, can bring their bike or skates and bike helmet to participate in training stations where they learn about, and practice, safe bicycling skills such as starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, and how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards.

The clinic also includes a safety inspection of bicycles. Participants will also receive a free, fitted Bell helmet. For more information, contact Kelly Beyer at 920-531-2066.

The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation was founded in 2003. Its mission is to seek and secure financial resources that ensure New London Family Medical Center has state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, education and outreach. New London Family Medical Center and The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation serve Waupaca, Outagamie and surrounding counties.