SABINA – The fun, family-friendly and educational fourth annual community bike rodeo is set for Saturday, April 22, part of a statewide public awareness campaign to encourage adults and children to wear their helmets.
Following the 10 a.m ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, the bike rodeo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sabina Village Park in Sabina (by the water tower).
The rodeo will include a bike safety inspection and skills course with non-competitive fun for bicyclists ages 5 to 12. There will be a bike raffle and rodeo certificates for riders who complete the stations. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last — the registration link is at http://bit.ly/bikerodeo2017.
In 2010, 51,000 people were injured by not wearing a bike helmet, and apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product including trampolines, ladders and swimming pools.
The event is sponsored by the Clinton County Health District, Clinton Trails Coalition, Wilmington Bicycle Club, Clinton County Park District, Village of Sabina, Wilmington Kiwanis along with the Aktion Club and the East Clinton and Wilmington Key Clubs, partnering with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“We’re proud to partner with the Ohio AAP to promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness,” said Pamela Walker Bauer, Clinton County Health Commissioner. “By hosting a bike rodeo in our community, we can teach our local children the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike, and moving this annual event to Sabina this year will help them learn how to safely ride a bike on the new Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail.”
A combination of efforts is necessary to effectively increase helmet usage rates among Ohio children including raising awareness of the benefits, encouraging modeling behavior among adults, distributing bike helmets to Ohio children and advocating for supportive public policies.
To learn more about Bike Helmet Safety Awareness, visit the Put A Lid On It Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bikehelmetsafety or the Chapter website at www.ohioaap.org.