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Bike Rodeo keeps Columbus kids safe

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

For seventeen years, the annual Safe Kids Columbus bike rodeo has been keeping Columbus kids safer while they ride their bikes.

About 40 volunteers joined the Columbus Police Department Bike Patrol for this year's event, which took place outside of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Rd. Saturday, May 3.

Children had free bike inspections, safety education, bike riding obstacle courses to learn the rules of the road, and each child also received a free bike helmet fitted especially for them.

Organizers say protecting children from brain injury is not just about making sure they wear a helmet, but also making sure they are wearing the right helmet the right way.

"We try to explain how important it is to wear a helmet," says Robert Greene, a corporal with the Columbus Police Bike Patrol. "Not only is it Georgia law that if you're under 16 you have to wear a helmet, but there is a reason behind it."

"Just because you have a helmet on doesn't mean you have it on correctly," explains Itzel Berdecia with Safe Kids Columbus. "So you need to know how to put it on correctly."

The safety education portion of the bike rodeo included a showcase of damaged bike helmets that have been in actual bikes accidents and saved lives in Columbus. Another demonstration involved dropping cantaloupes, one with a helmet on, and one without.

Children also received certificates, and could register their bikes with the Columbus Police Department, making it easy to return the bike to the child if it should get stolen.

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