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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:03 pm

According to safekids.org, 242,931 children were treated in emergency rooms for bike-related injuries in 2014 and an estimated 26,000 suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

A bicycle safety expo hosted by the Brownsville Independent School District and city police department hopes to help protect community children by promoting safety.

In the parking lot of Sams Memorial Stadium, children rode their bicycles through an obstacle course, while others waited to be fitted with a new helmet and hoped of winning a new bicycle. In the expo’s eighth year, BISD Police Chief Oscar Garcia believes that children’s safety is something very important for the community.

“We want to kick off the summer safe,” Garcia said as he explained the relationship between the summer break and children going out in their communities to play. “To us it is very important to promote that.”

Representatives from federal and state enforcement agencies were present, as were local bike shops that performed routine maintenance for cyclists who needed it. Parents could browse booths for information while children interacted with displays and bicycle police officers like Joe Hernandez of the University of Texas System Police Department.

Hernandez helped 2-year-old Jayden Rolando San Miguel navigate cones and obstacles on his tiny tricycle. Nearby, Sebastian Escamilla was fitted with a proper cycling helmet before running back to his father and his bike.

According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the early 2000s, more than half of children ages 5-14 admitted to not wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle. Both the CDC and safekids.org promote the use of helmets, which are effective at preventing head injuries if used properly.

Cycling was not the only healthy promotion at the expo. Members of the local Lions club used a device capable of conducting eye screenings, and a representative of Gladys Porter Zoo held a ball python so children like Violeta Ramirez could touch and interact with the slithery serpent while members of the Customs and Border Protection band “Los Federales” performed Conjunto music on the stage outside. 

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