Strider Bikes teams up with Rapid City emergency personnel

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department and Rapid City Police Department joined forces with Strider Bikes Monday afternoon to promote bicycle safety.

Strider Bikes organized the All Kids Bike campaign to bring safe bike riding instruction to children at an early age. The nationwide campaign by the Strider Education Foundation to encourage parents, teachers, community leaders, health officials and community members to teach every child in America how to ride a bike by the time that they enter first grade.

“All Kids Bike is a nonprofit program that gets bikes into kindergarten PE classes,” said Susie Marks, Marketing Manager of All Kids Bike. “It means so much that it [Strider Bikes] was founded here in Rapid City. We just need to spread the word and make sure that there are bikes in classrooms throughout the nation so that we can get everyone on board to have kids on bikes.”

With the school year starting, many kids will be riding their bikes to and from school. With the increased number of bikes on the streets, officials are reminding riders to always wear a helmet and stay aware of their surroundings.

“Number one, wear a helmet,” said Lt. Jim Bussell of the RCFD. “Most serious injuries and most deaths on bikes are associated with head injuries, so we want people to wear a helmet. Make sure it fits properly and that it’s fastened and that it’s the right size helmet for the person riding the bike.”

All Kids Bike is a nationwide campaign by the Strider Education Foundation to encourage parents, teachers, community leaders, health officials and community members to teach every child in America how to ride a bike by the time that they enter first grade.

On Monday members of the RCFD and RCPD signed the All Kids Bike pledge to teach every child in America how to ride a bike by the time they are in the first grade.

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