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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland Celebrate Bike to School Day on May 7

Monday, May 5, 2014

Eight Local Schools Participating in Events

Cleveland, OH—On May 7, 2014, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, as lead agency for Safe Kids Greater Cleveland, will join with schools throughout Greater Cleveland in celebration of Bike to School Day. Bike to School Day events are taking place in hundreds of communities across the United States as part of National Bike Month.

These events bring together children, parents and educators to raise awareness about bike safety and to promote biking to school. One of the main goals of Bike to School Day is showing that biking can be a fun way to get exercise and protect the environment, while highlighting important bike safety information, like following the rules of the road and wearing a helmet.

“It’s important for bicyclists to wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle fall or crash,” said Mandy Nagle, Coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Cleveland at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “Families should make it a rule for everyone in the family to wear a helmet every trip.”

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland remind families to follow these tips when biking:

  • Ride safely – Kids under age 10 should always ride on the sidewalk. If your children have to ride in the road, tell them to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it, while staying as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Cross safely – Children should only cross the street at corners. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop.
  • Wear proper safety gear – When your children are riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, make sure they use lights – and make sure their bikes have reflectors as well. It's also smart to have them wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve visibility to motorists. White and other bright colors are best to wear whenever riding bicycles.
  • Supervise – Actively supervise children until you're comfortable that they are responsible enough to ride safely on their own.
  • Model safety behaviors – Your children will follow what you do. Make sure you are following the rules of the road and always wearing a helmet too.

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