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Abilene obstacle course teaches kids about bike safety

By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 15 2014 07:53:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 08:26:53 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene State Park teamed up with Safety City for a bike 'rodeo' Saturday to teach children how to avoid dangers while bike riding.

"We always tell the kids when they come through Safety City that you never know when you're gonna have an accident so always be prepared," Steve Harbison, a Safety City employee, said.

Children from all over the Big Country learned how to inspect their bikes before riding and how to stay safe while biking on public streets.

"We have to ride on the left side of the road with a bicycle because if you're on the right you don't see the car that's coming behind you, but if you're on the right, you see the cars coming towards you," Shelbi Erwin, a participant, said.

Through obstacle courses, children also learned how to balance, steer and control their bikes properly.

Harbison said kids will be kids, but it can be scary for their parents when they do not bounce back after a fall.

"You see the little ones out here today that are just riding, skidding, seeing them falling over hitting other people," Harbison said. "You don't get a second chance with head injuries."

That's why he and other employees recommend wearing safety gear, especially a helmet, when riding.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26,000 bicycle injuries are traumatic brain injuries that require treatment in emergency departments.