Question 1: Should we have bike helmets available to buy or borrow at our Race for Safety course and where can we get them?
Answer: Every child who participates in a Race for Safety course must wear a helmet so bike helmets must be available. Here are several options to consider to make bike helmets available:
- A. In Indiana, contact a Riley Safety Store to see if an inventory of low-cost bike helmets can be purchased by your organization. Call 1-888-365-2022 (toll-free) to find the Riley Safety Store nearest you.
- B. Visit www.helmetsrus.org for information on how non-profit organizations can directly purchase bike helmets at low cost.
- C. Contract a local Think First program or Safe Kids Coalition or Chapter or Injury Free Coalition for Kids to see if free or low cost bike helmets would be abvailable to you.
- D. Propose that a small inventory of different sized bike helmets be donated by a local business or community service organizatgion for your group to use exclusively for Race for Safety courses.
Question 2: Why have a Race for Safety course?
Answer: Your Race for Safety course may be the only safety training kids ever receive. Your group may want to consider offering Race for Safety courses throughout the year and at different places to attract widespread participation from kids of all ages and abilities. Remember: A Race for Safety course is unique in that it is for all kids, including kids with disabilities or health care needs, to come together in one place to learn about and practice how to be safe on wheels of any kind, including bikes, wheelchairs, scooters, or skateboards.
Question 3: How do we "market" the idea of a Race for Safety course for children?
Answer: Here are some strategies to consider for marketing a Race for Safety course:
- A. Distribute Race for Safety course flyers through your local school system to be posted and/or sent home with chldren in targeted grade levels.
- B. Contact Special Education teachers and school occupational therapists to provide them with information about a Race for Safety course. Ask their help to identify prospective students who would be able to participate and to loan adapted bikes for use at the course.
- C. Promote the Race for Safety course through camps, churches, and local youth and community service organizations.
- D. Provide Race for Safety course flyers to local pediatricians and to local hospitals providing pediatric care and/or rehabilitation.