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:
Answer: Have a back up plan. Use a local school gym, hallway, banquet hall or something similar to adapt a course to an indoor space. If you have nothing like that at your access, cancel the event. Safety of everyone involved is the most important thing. Also, if bad weather creeps up during the event, evacuate the area immediately if you are outside, especially if you see lightening.
Have education activities on-hand for the children to pursue. See these links to helpful education resources and activities for your Race for Safety course:
Answer: You can make your Race for Safety course as extravagant or small as you like. This website gives you all the resources you would need for an event of any size. Pick and choose the aspects you need (such as a smaller event might not need a media release). The important thing is teaching other kids. You might just make a difference to that ONE kid and help to save his or her life by what you teach.
Answer: This event can be presented with little to no money. You can always look for donations of helmets from local businesses and sponsors. Check with teachers and youth group advisors at your school or in your community to see if you can borrow traffic safety cones, masking tape, and chalk. Ask people to help and bring supplies from home.
Answer: Children with disabilities are not defined by their disability; they are children first and like to play, move, and have fun just like other children! Every child should learn the rules of the road to safely travel by bicycle or wheelchair or whatever their mode of transportation may be. Every child wants to be treated with care and acceptance; physical appearance does not change the safety rules of the road. An all-inclusive Race for Safety course that incorporates this attitude will provide all children the opportunity to develop new knowledge, confidence, and skills that can prevent injuries and save lives!