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UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland Celebrate Bike Safety Month

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Schools Across the Country Will Participate in Events During Bike to School Week

What:

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland are working with schools throughout Greater Cleveland to raise awareness about bicycle safety during National Bike Safety Month. Rainbow provided bicycle safety lesson plans with a range of fun activities to schools throughout Greater Cleveland that are hosting events during Bike to School Week, May 6-10, 2013.

Third grade students at Willoughby’s Edison Elementary School will celebrate Bike to School Week on Wednesday, May 8. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will lead bicycle safety presentations to help kids learn rules of the road, how to stay safe while riding, and why they always need to wear helmets for wheeled sports. Along with the bicycle safety presentations, the third graders will receive bicycle helmets donated by the Willoughby Hills Fire Department.

“Bike safety deserves attention because more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency departments for injuries related to biking than any other sport,” said Mandy Thomas, Safe Kids Greater Cleveland Coordinator at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “Local school events during National Bike Safety Month are the perfect opportunity for students to have fun while learning how to remain injury free as they bike to and from school.”

Each year, an average of 127 children ages 14 and under die from bicycle-related injuries and more than 254,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries occur. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent, but many children do not wear them.

“A bike helmet is essential. Helmets could prevent an estimated 75 percent of fatal head injuries and up to 45,000 head injuries to children who ride bikes each year. Helmets are a necessity, not an accessory,” says Thomas.

When/Where:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Bike Safety Presentations begin at 1:15 pm
Edison Elementary School, 5288 Karen Isle Drive, Willoughby

Other Locations:

City, School
Brooklyn, Brookridge Elementary School
Cleveland Heights, Canterbury Elementary School
Highland Heights, Millridge Elementary School
Lakewood, Harding Middle School
Lakewood, Garfield Middle School
Mentor, City of Mentor Safe Routes to School Program
Painesville, Madison Elementary School
Parma Heights, Parma Park Elementary School
Rocky River, Kensington Intermediate School
Rocky River, Rocky River Middle School
University Heights, Gearity Professional Development School
Willoughby, Edison Elementary School

Contact:

Mandy Thomas, Safe Kids Greater Cleveland Coordinator
216-983-1105 (office)
440-342-5439 (cell)

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