Friday, May 18, 2012

Annual Bike Safety Day - May 19, 2012

Saturday, May 19th marks the 5th Annual Bike Safety Day, a family-friendly event geared to educate children about the importance of wearing properly fitted helmets to reduce head injuries. Families will have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate best practices with regard to safety gear and audio-visual awareness. 

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem 390 South Liberty Street will host the event in conjunction with an array of community-based organizations and businesses. 

The event kicks off at 10:00AM and will finish at 1:00 PM

For more information:
Contact: Hayluri “Luly” Beckles   
Joshua’s Friends Foundation
Phone: (336) 409-0526

Hayluri “Luly” Beckles is forever linked to safety-related causes. She was inspired to organize the Annual Bike Safety event in honor of her son, Joshua Palomares-Beckles, who was hit by a drunk-driver while riding his bicycle. Although armed with a helmet, he succumbed to severe head injuries while being treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on May 20, 2006. During an interview with the Ride of Silence - a website dedicated to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety - Beckles shared her inspiration for the event by saying, “…As a grieving mother I wanted to do something to bring awareness about the importance of bike safety.  I want to prevent another child from going through what my child went through emotionally and physically.  I want to prevent families from going through the terrible pain and suffering my family has had to endure. This [event] is to help parents understand that when they purchase a bicycle for their children they are not purchasing a toy but actually their child’s first vehicle. 

According to the NC Department of Transportation, studies show that helmets prevent 60 percent of head injury deaths and reduce the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. In 2001, North Carolina Governor Michael Easley signed the "Child Bicycle Safety Act" into law which requires every person under 16 years-old to wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way.

Since its inception in 2007, The Annual Bike Safety event has not only distributed 630  properly fitted helmets to community children, but has increased community awareness about the law and continues to capture the hearts and support of local volunteers and sponsors. The Winston-Salem Downtown Bike Patrol and Crime Prevention Units, the Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, Safe Kids of Northwest Piedmont, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Work-Family Resource Center, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), Chick-Fil-A at Hanes Mall Blvd., the Gateway YMCA, and Little

Stars of Bethlehem Preschool have all lent their resources to ensure educational materials and free helmets reach as many little riders as possible.

This years’ event will feature a bike rodeo conducted by police officers from the Downtown Bike Patrol Unit and all materials will be issued in English and Spanish.

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