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The joy of riding a bike is in cruising down the open road on a two-wheeled apparatus, gaining and dropping speed to the liking of the rider. ]

A bike ride can make a nice day seem nicer.

But what happens when safety is ignored while on a bicycle?

Within the last month, the Craig Police Department has responded to four bicycle accidents. All incidents required hospital visits with injuries ranging from a broken leg to sprained ankles and wrists.

"With so many kids outside enjoying the sunshine and summer activities, safety should be the whole community's first concern," Heather Houseworth, community relations director at The Memorial Hospital, said.

Because of the need for safety precautions, TMH, Craig Police Department, Craig Fire/Rescue, Colorado State Patrol and the Moffat County Sheriff's Department will host a free safety day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

"We want to promote the safety of kids within the city and push the need for them to be responsible while riding," Craig Police Officer Kelly Brady said. "We want them to know that they need to follow the rules of the road just as motor vehicles do.

"We want to keep them from ending up in the hospital."

Safety day will take place in the parking lot between TMH and the School Administration Building on Russell Street.

"Overall, it will be a really fun day for families to learn important safety information," Houseworth said.

Entities involved will make the day productive. Along with a bike rodeo to teach bike safety, families can:

Register their bikes.

Receive a Kid Kare ID Kit. The police department will take pictures and fingerprints of children and place them in the kit.

See TMH's new ambulance, the D.A.R.E. car and McGruff, the crime dog.

See the state patrol's car seat program.

Register for the "Big Feet, Little Steps" 5K walk/run to be held June 24.

Brady also wants adults to know young riders follow their lead. If their riding is unsafe, more than likely the children will ride the same.

"Kids learn from adults and this puts more responsibility on the adults," Brady said. Houseworth and Brady encourage parents to accompany their children Saturday, and take safety guidelines offered to heart.

"Every parent should accompany their child to safety day," Houseworth said.

For more information, contact Houseworth at 824-9411 or Brady at 824-8111.

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