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Ride at Night? Ride Bright! Bike Safety Event Urges Night-Riding Guidelines for Kids.

4/22/2013

Ride at Night? Ride Bright!According to recent data, children and teens are four times more likely to be injured when riding a bicycle at dusk, dawn or night. The Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Hasbro Children’s Hospital offers the following night riding safety tips:

  • Avoid riding at night, when possible
  • Avoid riding alone
  • Wear white, bright, and reflective clothing
  • Wear or use retro-reflective gear and clothing
  • Make sure bikes are equipped with reflectors, a headlight and a tail light
  • The sooner a driver can see you, the sooner they can react!

In addition, the IPC at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is committed to helping keep children safe with its Kohl’s Cares - Kids program. In partnership with Kohl’s Department Stores, the IPC staff hopes to raise bike safety awareness and prevent avoidable injuries at an upcoming free community event.

WHAT:  

With the arrival of National Bike Safety Month in May, the IPC and Kohl’s Department Stores are offering a free Bike Safety: Ride Bright event.

Experts from the Injury Prevention Center will check children’s’ helmets for proper fitting while volunteers from Narragansett Bikes perform bicycle mechanic safety checks. Local police officers will teach the rules of the road on a chalk safety course, including correct hand signals and tips on maintaining balance. Families can also enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, a raffle for a $500 bike and refreshments.

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s bike and helmet.

WHEN:   Saturday, May 4
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:   Kohl’s
1 Commerce Way
Seekonk, MA 02771
OTHER:   This is a free event and is open to the public. Children must be present to participate in the bike raffle. For more information, please call the Injury Prevention Center at 401-444-5018 or visit www.HasbroChildrensHospital.org