The Colorado State University Police Department is partnering with Safe Kids Larimer County to host the Fourth Annual Bicycle Safety Bonanza from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Moby Arena parking lot on the west side of campus.
The event offers fun and educational activities for the entire family including free helmets, professional helmet fitting by the CSU Police Department, bicycle course to test basic riding skills, bike giveaway and fun prizes. Donations are appreciated to support Safe Kids.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children and bicycles to the event. Several demonstrators such as the Colorado State Patrol and Poudre Valley Health Systems will be available to provide additional information and answer questions. The Bicycle Safety Bonanza is sponsored by the CSU Police Department, City of Fort Collins SmartTrips, LaFarge North America and Recycled Cycles.
Safe Kids Larimer County, led by Poudre Valley Health Systems, is committed to preventing accidental injuries in children. They work in conjunction with health care providers, government agencies, civic clubs and law enforcement to accomplish the goal of keeping children safe.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 40 percent of all bicycle-related deaths are due to head injuries and more than three-fourths of all bicycle related head injuries occur among children aged 10 and under. Riding with a bicycle helmet significantly decreases the risk of sustaining a head injury in the event of a crash.
"We are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of wearing a helmet," said CSU Police Corporal Jason Meisner.
For additional information regarding the Fourth Annual Bicycle Safety Bonanza contact the CSU Police Department at 970-491-6425 or Safe Kids Larimer County at 970-495-7504. More information is also available at the National Safe Kids website at http://www.safekids.org.