Essentia Health Hosts Annual Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic May 14
Teach, Test, and Reward bike safety
Children are invited with their parents to the Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic from 10:00 a.m.–Noon on Saturday, May 14 at the Brainerd High School’s lower parking lot, or Brainerd High School gym in the event of inclement weather. And don’t forget to bring your bike and helmet!
Bicycling is a favorite past time for all ages, but understanding safety first is the key to staying safe and having fun! Children and their bike will visit various stations for a review of bicycle safety rules, a bicycle safety check, and be checked for a properly fitted helmet. Then they will put the knowledge they gained to the test by riding a mock course. Once complete, they will be awarded a coupon for a free Dairy Queen treat and can enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate toward a bike purchase.
If a child does not have a bike helmet or the one they have does not fit properly, they will receive one from Essentia Health. “We are excited to bring this event to our community,” said Naomi Mowers, Trauma Coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “Learning bicycling safety at a young age will stick with someone for life, just like riding a bike.”
The Bicycle Safety Clinic is open to riders of all ages free of charge. The event will be held rain or shine and is brought to you by: Essentia Health, Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition, Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Police Department, Brainerd Parks & Recreation, Brainerd School District 181, Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, Dairy Queen, Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association (LALEA), and Trailblazer Bikes.
“This (Bike Safety Clinic) is an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention,” said Mowers. “It’s a way to actively engage kids and inform them of some of the things that they can do to prevent injuries while riding a bike.”