Bicycle deaths are highest from June to September
Bicycle deaths are highest during the summer, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so Cinnaminson Police Chief Richard Calabrese wants his department to emphasize the safety benefits of helmets.
” … We usually don’t have many bike-related accidents, thank goodness, but when we do, it’s because the cyclist isn’t following the rules of the roadway,” he said, adding that his department continues to prioritize bike safety in and around the area.
Township residents were encouraged to be at Memorial Park in the middle of June for what’s become an annual bike safety event sponsored by police. Free bike helmets were distributed and a number of bicycles were raffled off.
Residents who attended were also treated to a BMX stunt show from Chris Clark, of Dialed Action Sports.
“It was well-received,” Calabrese said. “We had quite a few attendees.”
With solid turnouts in the last few years, the department continues to emphasize the bike-safety event.
“… When it comes down to a car and a cyclist, the car always wins, so we’re here to prevent and educate,” Calabrese noted.
Cinnaminson police are working with local water ice and ice cream shops in the area to distribute free treat coupons for kids who follow the rules when they’re out and about.
“So many times, people give tickets for breaking the rules,” Calabrese said, “but we want to reward those who are doing right without knowing they’re being watched.”