Published on April 10, 2019

Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic May 4

Teach, Test, and Reward bike safety

Children and their parent(s) or guardian are invited to attend the Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Forestview Middle School parking lot. In the event of inclement weather it will be held in the Forestview Middle School gym.

Event is open to riders of all ages free of charge. 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 can enter a drawing for a bike, and other treats.

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 these events to our communities,” said Cassie Piepkorn, 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 event will be held rain or shine and are brought to you by: Essentia Health, Brainerd Lakes Towards Zero Deaths, Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Police Department, Brainerd Parks & Recreation, Brainerd School District 181, Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association (LALEA), Dairy Queen, Lakes Area Multi-Sport, Paul Bunyan Cycling Club, Kiwanis Club and Muddy Bikes.

“These Bike Safety Clinics are an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention,” said Piepkorn. “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.”