Event gives out helmets, advice on bike safety

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Audrey Pyle, 6, rides her scooter while wearing her new helmet during the inaugural Bicycle and Pedestrian Neighborhood Block Event on Greene Street in Augusta. Children also received bicycle safety tips Friday.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Audrey Pyle, 6, rides her scooter while wearing her new helmet during the inaugural Bicycle and Pedestrian Neighborhood Block Event on Greene Street in Augusta. Children also received bicycle safety tips Friday.

About half a million people – many of them children – visit emergency rooms each year because of bicycle-related injuries from not wearing helmets.

The inaugural Bicycle and Ped­estrian Neighborhood Block Event on Friday tried to make a small dent in that number.

Bicycle helmets and lessons about the fragility of the brain were given to children at the block event on Greene Street.

Sponsored by Georgia Health Sciences University’s Safe Kids East Central and area bicycle advocacy groups, the event included a gelatin brain, egg drops, coloring books and an injury-simulating mirror to teach children the necessity of helmets while biking.

Rene Hopkins, the coalition coordinator for Safe Kids, said she hoped the community event would return each summer because that is when kids have the most free time to bike and when teaching them safe practices is most necessary.

“We want to get them to understand what their brain does for them and how it effects everything they do,” Hopkins said. “We really want to give them a chance to come out and learn some things about bicycle safety.”

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scgator 07/07/12 - 06:34 am
"the coalition

"the coalition coordinator"............this is ALWAYS a guarantee that taxpayer dollars are being thrown away on a useless project.........while bicycle safety is important; it is the parent's job, not the governments. All of these kinds of projects all sound "warm and fuzzy" but in all actuality, if you weren't giving something away FREE, you know you would have little or no attendance.............STOP WASTING OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS on such frivilous issues...........what you are "really" doing is "creating" a new budget item to replace an area that was cut, so that next year you can get this budget money back in its "new" form...........


RandyDuTeau 07/07/12 - 09:17 am
Bike safety event

@SC Gator - you may do well to educate yourself on Safe Kids East Central and do some more research on last night's event before you declare what a waste of money the event was to taxpayers. Bicycle safety is only a small component of the Safe Kids mission. As a division of a statewide health care provider it only makes sense to do everything possible to advocate for child safety, whether providing helmets to children who do not have them, educating children on fire safety, or ensuring parents understand proper installation of child seats in cars. In keeping children safe, healthcare costs are kept down and our most precious commodity, our children, are less likely to be subjected to the tragic incidents we read about in the paper on a daily basis. For the record the event was volunteer driven and the giveaway items were donated by various organizations. Bicycle advocacy organization, Wheel Movement of the CSRA, was a proud partner in this event. This all volunteer, membership-based organization looks forward to partnering more with Safe Kids East Central and the other wonderful groups that participated in the block party. Quit looking for controversy where there is none. There are plenty of places to look for government waste. Last night's event was not one of them. Instead of complaining about a problem that doesn't exist become a part of the solution and volunteer for the next event. Not only will you will be able to witness firsthand the quality and scope of the organization, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing your efforts may be responsible for saving a kid's life. That sure beats complaining.

mosovich 07/07/12 - 01:55 pm
So sad..

SC Gator, why don't you get off your sofa and do something positive for the community instead of sitting around and complaining.. Be part of the solution.. If you only had an idea of how hard these people work to put on events like this to make our community safer for our children, and this is all driven from their hearts, not taxpayer dollars..

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