Practice Safe Biking at Safety Town’s Open Bike Nights

This summer, the Naperville Police Department has partnered with the Safety Town Commission to offer Open Bike Night at Safety Town.

On June 27; July 11, 18, 25; and August 1, children ages 3-8 are allowed to bring their bikes to Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Avenue, and practice riding on the streets of this miniature city from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per child. Additionally, children may rent a Kettcar® for $3.00 if they would rather ride one of Safety Town’s small 4-wheeled bikes. Participants can pay at the door or in advance at www.napersafetytown.com.

While riding, participants practice many of the basic rules of safe bicycling, including riding single file, stopping and looking both ways at intersections, using correct hand signals when turning, and following road signs and signals. Teen volunteers will be on hand to manipulate the traffic signals for a more realistic biking experience.

All children must wear a bike helmet when participating in Open Bike Night, and members of the Naperville Police Department will offer helmet fitting sessions so that everyone’s helmet is properly adjusted for a safe ride. It is estimated that helmet use reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent. Many times, however, children are not protected when wearing a helmet because the helmet is not worn correctly and cannot properly do its job in the event of a crash. The Naperville Police Department Traffic Unit strongly urges all bicyclists to wear a bike helmet every time they ride.

Adult supervision is required during Open Bike Night. In case of inclement weather, please check the Naperville Safety Town Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NJWC.SafetyTown) to confirm that the event will take place. For more information about Open Bike Night, visit www.napersafetytown.com or contact Mary Browning, Naperville Police Department Community Education Specialist, at browningm@naperville.il.us.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.