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Safe Kids Mercer County Celebrates Safe Kids Day: Bicycle Rodeo, Free Helmet Fittings, Exhibits, Games and More

Safe Kids Mercer County will host its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 10 , 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to provide children ages 3-12 and their families with an opportunity to learn about safety and prevention while participating in sports and other recreational activities.bikerodeo13 cones

The day will include bicycle inspections will be conducted by the Economy Bike Shop and the Lawrenceville Police Department. Bicycle tires, frames, handlebars, chain guards, and reflectors are checked, and parents receive a check-list for each bike indicating if anything needs to be repaired. Children are then given a free bike helmet, which is fitted by one of the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center’s therapists. They may ride a bicycle safety course, which is organized by the police department, where they illustrate knowledge of traffic signals, hand signals, parked cars, and how to avoid unexpected obstacles. Volunteers are present at each station of the obstacle course to guide and teach the children.

Water safety programs will be conducted by the Hamilton YMCA and will include games and other activities geared towards water safety. St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center will give away a limited number of Personal Flotation Devices for children up to 90 pounds.bikerodeo13helmetfitting

The Lawrenceville Fire Department will provide an engine, and teach children about fire hazards. Other participants include Capital Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, St. Francis Medical Center, the Princeton, HealthCare System, and the Trenton Thunder Baseball team, with mascot Boomer. Bristol-Myers Squibb will present an exhibit on hazardous materials. The Greater Mercer TMA, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Lakeview Child Center, Inc., Making Waves Swim School, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, PNC Bank, RAI, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, Quakerbridge Radiology Associates, the Hopewell and Lawrence Township Health Departments, and the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey will also participate.

Children must pre-register for this event to receive a free bike helmet and bike inspection. Registration will begin March 1, 2014 by email at bikerodeo@slrc.org (preferred) or by phone at (609) 896-9500, ext. 2212.