Children Invited to Practice Safe Bicycling at Safety Town “Open Bike Night”
Naperville Police will also offer helmet fittings to ensure a safe ride
This summer, the Naperville Police Department has partnered with the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club to offer “Open Bike Night” at Safety Town.
On the following nights, children between the ages of 3 and 10 are invited to bring their bikes to Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Ave., and practice riding on the streets of this miniature city from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 29
- Thursday, July 7
- Friday, July 15
- Tuesday, August 2
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 and following road signs and signals. Teen volunteers will be on hand to manipulate the traffic signals for a more realistic biking experience.
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.
During “Open Bike Night” adult supervision is required, and all children must wear a bike helmet.
Members of the Naperville Police Department will offer helmet fitting sessions at each “Open Bike Night” to ensure that everyone’s helmet is properly adjusted for a safe ride. Many times, helmets do not provide the proper protection because they are not worn correctly. Also, a poorly adjusted helmet is often uncomfortable, which can cause a child to argue about wearing one. It is estimated that a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. The Naperville Police Department Traffic Unit strongly urges all bicyclists to wear a bike helmet every time they ride.
For more information about “Open Bike Night,” contact Sydney Zuhn, Director of Safety Town, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Browning, Naperville Police Department Community Education Specialist, at email@example.com.
Pictured Above: Teen volunteer Elizabeth Caine instructs a student bicyclist on stopping and following road signs on the streets of Safety Town.
Pictured Above: Volunteer Jackie O’Sullivan “directs traffic” and reinforces safe bicycling practices on the streets of Safety Town.
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