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Essentia Health hosts Bike Challenge May 12

As spring has sprung so have the number of kids anxious to get their bikes out and head down to the local parks with the thoughts of summer looming on their minds.

With bike injuries all too common, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center is attempting to alleviate some of this year’s injuries, hosting its second annual Bike Challenge from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Brainerd High School lower parking lot.

“We see bike related injuries quite a bit,” said Amanda Svir, trauma coordinator at the hospital. “In addition, for myself — as a mom — I want to see my kids wearing helmets and the kids in the neighborhood wearing helmets.

“What we want to do is injury prevention, preventing kids from coming to the ER with concussions and other injuries often times related to falling off or crashing on their bikes.”

Svir said kids and parents who attend will be walked through stations detailing proper procedures on checking their bike, fitting their helmets and hand signals to be used when biking down the road.

“This (Bike Challenge) is an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention,” said Svir who noted that last year’s first Bike Challenge drew roughly 60 kids. “It’s a way to actively engage kids and inform them of some of the things that they can do to prevent injuries while riding a bike.”

The Bike Challenge is open to riders of all ages free of charge. Participants are required to bring their own bike and helmet and must be accompanied by an adult.

JESSI PIERCE may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).