The Kids of Durham Region are all invited to the Annual Bicycle Fun Day at the Kids' Safety Village on May 28, 2016, it was announced today by Durham Regional Police Constable Astrid Morse, the Officer in Charge of the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region.
"We ask the kids of Durham Region to
bring their bike and helmet and wherever possible, cycle over to the annual Bicycle Fun and Safety Day at the Kids Safety Village from 12 noon to 3:00 pm", she added.
While at the Kids' Safety Village, the kids will have the opportunity to have their bicycle and gear inspected by experts and participate in interactive bike safety lessons.
There will be prizes and loot bags handed out during the event.
Hot dogs, drinks and treats will also be available at the canteen for a small fee.
The event is
free, but organizers are asking families to bring donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.
Durham Region Health Department, in collaboration with Durham Safety on Wheels Coalition, encourages area residents to always practice safe cycling and helmet safety whether in-line skating, when or riding a bike, scooter or skateboarding. Residents are invited to learn more at the annual Durham Bicycle Fun and Safety Day, May 28, noon to 3 p.m. at Kids Safety Village of Durham, 1129 Athol St., Whitby.
Health Department staff, along with members of the coalition, will be on-hand to help educate parents on proper helmet fitting techniques. Other highlights include bike and gear inspections, educational sessions on cycling safety skills, jumping castles and face painting.
Children will have an opportunity to enter into a draw to win a new bike. They will also have an opportunity to win a new bicycle helmet at the Sucker Pull after attending the Helmet Education session.
According to a recent Health Department survey, the rate of helmet use is high among children five to 12-years old; however, as children grow into their teenage years, the rate of helmet use decreases.
"The goal of this campaign is to encourage young children to develop the habit of wearing their helmets properly at all times when cycling," explained Yemisi Aladesua, a public health nurse with the Health Department.
"We hope that developing this habit in the early years will result in continued helmet use throughout adulthood, as wearing a helmet is essential when cycling or participating in other wheeled activities to help reduce injury," she added.
A 2012 Safe Kids Canada report found that helmets, when worn properly, can reduce the risks of brain injury by 88 per cent, head injuries by 85 per cent and upper and mid-facial injury by 65 per cent.
About 75 per cent of all cycling deaths involve head injuries and this is why it's so important for parents and caregivers to ensure that children not only wear a helmet, but learn how to wear one properly.
The Bicycle Fun and Safety Day is a great opportunity for parents to join their children to both learn about and help reinforce important safety skills. It's also important that parents wear helmets themselves; kids learn best by observing their parents and parents are their child's best role model.
Constable Astrid Morse said, "A very special thank you goes out to our sponsors of this event at the Durham Region Department of Health and The Brain Injury Association of Durham."
The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is looking to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion would include larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village.
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