NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2015

CONTACT:
Matthew Hrubey, Program Coordinator – 440-356-4499 or matthew.hrubey@fairviewpark.org

5065939FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Join the Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee (“Committee”) at the Fairview Park Bicycle Safety Fair on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School (4320 West 220 Street in Fairview Park). Residents, families, and community members of all ages are encouraged to attend, get their bicycles inspected at no cost for safety, learn how to ride safely and properly fit a bike helmet, register their bicycles, and more. The event is free and will feature a number of community vendors who will offer bike safety tips, tricks, and resources. Vendors include the Cleveland Clinic, Fairview Cycle, Gilles Sweet PTA, Bike Cleveland, AAA East Central, and the City of Fairview Park’s Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments.

Children will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free bicycle helmet of the appropriate size. All children will be fitted by experienced volunteers. The Committee received 96 helmets of varying sizes through a grant from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The helmets were distributed as part of the AAP’s 2015 Put A Lid On It Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Program. Any child that chooses to decorate his or her bike for the event will receive a second raffle entry. Additional giveaway items will be available as supplies last.

“The Fairview Park Bicycle Safety Fair represents an active step toward achieving the desired long-term impact of the community’s Safe Routes to School program: to make sure our youngest residents have proper equipment and knowledge so they may walk or bike safely in our community,” said Mayor Eileen Ann Patton. “It will be a great event for the whole community.”

Bicycling to the event is encouraged. Limited parking will be available. For more information, visit www.fairviewpark.org/safe-routes-to-school/bicycle-safety-fair/.

About the Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee

The Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee’s mission is to encourage students and parents to walk and bike, provide increased access for pedestrians, and engage the community, all to create a safe environment for students to travel to and from school. The Committee is a partnership of the City of Fairview Park, Fairview Park City Schools, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, community organizations, local businesses, and residents working together to improve the health and well-being of the Fairview Park community and encourage lifelong healthy habits.

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