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Annual Back to School Bike Safety Rodeo Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of local young people and their parents came out for the annual Back to School Bike Safety Rodeo hosted by Lowell General Hospital, the Lowell Police Department and Kiwanis Club of Lowell. The event, held at Target on Plain Street in Lowell on Sunday, September 15, featured a bicycle safety course, where children learned the importance of obeying stop signs, yielding to traffic and being aware of their surroundings when riding their bikes. All children visited a helmet fitting station where they learned about the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet, as well as a bike safety check station where volunteers inspected bikes to make sure they were in safe condition. Families also stopped by a variety of safety and educational stations sponsored by several participating community organizations. 273 children were registered at this year's Bike Safety Rodeo, and 63 brand new bicycles donated by local organizations and individuals were raffled off to lucky winners.

"We were so pleased with the turnout at this year's event," said Diane Regan, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Director of Emergency Services at Lowell General Hospital's main campus. "We fitted kids ages one to 17 from over 57 schools and eight cities and towns!"

Hundreds of local young people and their parents came out for the annual Back to School Bike Safety Rodeo hosted by Lowell General Hospital, the Lowell Police Department and Kiwanis Club of Lowell."This great event would not be possible without the help and support of all our sponsors," said Lowell Police Department Safety Officer Paul Corcoran. "This was our ninth year and the event has gotten bigger and bigger thanks to all of the community support from groups like AAA, Align, CarStar, Lowell Police Department, Dominos, Department of Public Works, Kiwanis Club of Lowell, Lowell Boys and Girls Club, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Fire Department, Lowell General Hospital, Remax, Lowell Sheriff's Department, Trinity EMS, Target, Toys for Local Children, and Lowell Parks and Recreation."

"The New England Kiwanis Foundation / Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at Floating Hospital for Children has been involved with bicycle safety and giving out helmets since the helmet law passed," said Janet Leggat of the Kiwanis Club of Lowell. "The Bike Safety Rodeo has grown so much with the partnership and leadership of the Lowell Police Department and Lowell General Hospital. I know that we made an impact on many lives on Sunday."

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