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Essentia Health Hosts Bike Rodeo June 6

Children are invited with their parents to the Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m.-noon June 6 at the Brainerd High School's lower parking lot. Those attending are asked to bring a bike and helmet.

Children are invited with their parents to the Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m.-noon June 6 at the Brainerd High School's lower parking lot. Those attending are asked to bring a bike and helmet.

Bicycling is a favorite past time for all ages, but understanding safety first is the key to staying safe and having fun, Essentia Health reported. Children and their bikes will visit various stations for a review of bicycle safety rules, a bicycle safety check, and be checked for a properly fitted helmet. Then they will put the knowledge they gained to the test by riding a mock course. Once complete, they will be awarded with a certificate of completion.

If a child does not have a bike helmet or the one they have does not fit properly, they will receive one from Essentia Health.

"We are excited to bring this event to our community," said Naomi Mowers, trauma coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, in a news release. "Learning bicycling safety at a young age will stick with someone for life, just like riding a bike."

The Bike Rodeo is open to riders of all ages free of charge. The event will be held rain or shine and is brought to you by: Essentia Health, Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition, Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Parks & Recreation, Brainerd School District 181, Brainerd Lion's Club, Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, Dairy Queen and Trailblazer Bikes.

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"This (Bike Rodeo) is an opportunity for us to provide the community with injury prevention," Mowers said. "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."

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