If you are a kid who loves riding a bicycle, we have a terrific opportunity for you! All kids in Grade 1-6 are invited to bring your bikes and come to the Kingman City Parking Garage in downtown Kingman Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. for the Free Bicycle Rodeo. The first 20 kids will get a FREE bicycle helmet and everyone who participates will be entered for a chance to win a brand-new bicycle! Staff from the Kingman County Health Department, Kingman-area Law Enforcement, and other volunteers will be on hand to help kids practice riding a bicycle safely. Bike tricks will also be performed that morning. We thank our sponsors making the Bike Rodeo possible: Kingman County Diversion Fund, City of Kingman and Kingman County Law Enforcement agencies, and Kingman County Health Department.
Children are certainly at high risk for bicycle-related deaths and injuries-we want to see all Kingman County children learn how to be safe bikers! According to Safe Kids USA, over 70% of American children age 5-14 ride a bicycle regularly. It is important for everyone to learn how to handle a bicycle safely:
About 140 of these children are killed in bicycle accidents yearly.
Children get more than 275,000 non-deadly bicycle-related injuries every year-about 690 children get hurt every day on their bicycles.
Bicycle helmet use in children is estimated to range from 15-25%; however, using a bicycle helmet can prevent about 135-155 deaths and 39,000 to 45,000 head injuries!
Bicycles have been tied to more childhood injuries than roller blades, skates, and skateboards combined.
If you’re a safe biker you have a much better chance to avoid these kinds of injuries. Just bring your bike, your helmet (if you have one), and your signed permission waiver to the City Parking Garage May 5! Please call the Kingman County Health Department at 620-532-2221 with any questions!