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Area students test their bike safety skills

They got to try a skills-testing course set up by Kamikaze Bikes
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The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) partnered recently with the Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit, Kamikaze Bikes and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to support the helmet/bike safety campaigns within area elementary schools. 

Youths were instructed on bicycle safety rules, hand signals, helmet safety and the importance of a properly fitting and safe bicycle. Kamikaze Bikes inspected the bicycles before the youths' were presented with an opportunity to try a skills-testing course set up outside the school. 

An important component of this school campaign is to also identify children in need of a new properly fitting helmet which were assessed during the school event. 

Head injuries are a leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. Even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent (Parachute Canada).