Local organizations team up for bike rodeo

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP As summer kicks into full gear more children will be riding their bikes.

Local agencies partnered for the annual bike rodeo to promote bike safety. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

"Until kids reach the age of ten, they really don't have that development to be aware of how fast cars are going and be able to judge the speed," said Great Plains Health Trauma Coordinator Karie Sheets.

Sheets has seen the impact first-hand.

"Whether it's bicycles, motorcycles, its so important to wear a helmet to protect your head. You only get one brain," Sheets said.

This year, she's partnering with Whitetail Screen Print, first responders and the West Central District Health Department to ensure more helmets land in the hands of children.

"It can reduce up to 88 percent of severe brain injury if they do happen to get injured," said Sheets.

It''s a safety device Randall Smith swears by. And while his job is to make sure bikes are ready for the road, he hopes his efforts will help teach some good habits.

"I've been in a really bad bike wreck and my helmet saved my life, so always wear your helmet," Smith said.

If you were not able to attend Friday's bike rodeo, the local fire department and Great Plains Health will be talking about ATV and bike safety at the Kids Fun Festival on Tuesday at the Wild West Arena.