RICHLAND CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
August 5th, 2016
Bicycles have been used for transportation and recreation in this country for over 100 years. Most recently, bicycling has enjoyed increased interest and participation. It is estimated that there are over 103 million people in this country who rode a bicycle in the summer of 2015. Unfortunately, in 2013 in the US, over 900 bicyclists were killed and there was an estimated 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle related injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
While only one percent of all trips are taken in the United States are by bicycles, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injuries and death than occupants of motor vehicles do, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Bicycle helmets reduce the risks of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash.
Members of the Richland Center Parks and Recreation Department along with Officer Dan Pepich, of the Richland Center Police Department, sponsored a Bicycle Rodeo designed to teach bicyclists the skills they need in order to reduce the chance of injury. The Bicycle Rodeo was held on Wednesday 8-3-2016 at the Jefferson Elementary School playground, in which bicyclists from the age of 3 through 14 attended this Bicycle Rodeo and helmets were also provided for those bicyclists who did not have a helmet. This event was made up of a series of stations; each dealing with important aspects of safe cycling. Participants had their bicycles inspected for safety issues and mechanical disability and will also learn about practicing bicycling handling skills that could someday save their lives.