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Kids Bike Rodeo Helps Low-income Children Get Ready for a Safe Summer

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In collaboration with Safe Kids Salt Lake County, Salt Lake County Health Department, Neighborhood House will host a Bike Rodeo on Wednesday, May 10th from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. with the goal of making sure children and families have the tools and information they need to ride bikes safely this summer. The event is open to the public and will offer free helmet tutorials, bike repairs, safety course, and prizes to low-income families with children enrolled in preschool, afterschool, and summer programs at Neighborhood House. Neighborhood House families are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets for a safety check, public and press are also welcome to join the event.

“Events like this are great because of their cyclical effect. The hope is that once we teach our families bike safety, they will in turn go out to the community to share that knowledge with their friends and families,” says Tiffany Leindl, Preschool Program Coordinator at Neighborhood House.

On National Bike to School Day, Neighborhood House and Safe Kids Salt Lake County will host a Bike Rodeo that provides families opportunities to get free resources and education they may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive. National Bike to School Day emphasizes environmental sustainability and promotes helmet safety, proper biking etiquette, and quality family time. Activities and prizes work to engage children and their families in the event, while also reinforcing healthy and safe transportation.

“Safe Kids Salt Lake County is an awesome community partner that really goes the extra mile to reach our families here at Neighborhood House,” says Lena Bain, Community Engagement Coordinator at Neighborhood House. “This year they have participated in our January Resource Fair, conducted a car seat checkpoint, and on Wednesday, they are promoting bike safety through a super fun Bike Rodeo! We are proud of our collaborative efforts to keep Neighborhood House families safe.”

Neighborhood House is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides quality, affordable day care for children and adults, based on ability to pay. For 120 years, the services of Neighborhood House have helped families address the care, educational, and social needs of loved ones. Neighborhood House is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit provider of care services; over 500 individuals are directly served at Neighborhood House on an annual basis.

Safe Kids Salt Lake County is led by South Redwood Public Health Center, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

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