Making sure kids take to the streets safely this spring and summer is the goal behind the 4th annual Bike Safety Day. 

Debbie White, president of the Kiwanis Club of Cochrane said the annual event will see kids aged four to 14 learn bike safety tips, have their bikes inspected, and have the chance to win prizes.

"They go out and they have bike technicians inspect their bikes and their helmets. If they need a new helmet, they'll get a new helmet. The tech's will make any minor adjustments on their bikes. If the bike needs more of a major tune up, then we'll give them a coupon for Big Hill Cycle to go and bring the bike to Big Hill Cycle and have it tuned up."

Andra Andrew with Bike Cochrane said teaching bike safety to young kids is something extremely important in a community like Cochrane but they wanted to ensure they were doing it in a fun way. 

"How to properly care for their bike, how your helmet should fit, bike safety, traffic signs, yield signs, stop signs, and just being aware of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians. We do have lots of pathways in town, which is amazing and we talk a little bit about pathway etiquette as well."

The event is open to youth of all skill levels, said Andrew. 

"It's just more about getting out there and getting exposure, getting comfortable riding on pathway pavement surfaces, and just being aware of your surroundings and just having fun."

There are three different time slots open for the event. Registration is required. 

It is $5 per child or $10 per family with proceeds going to the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank. 

There will be an opportunity for the kids to win prizes including a $150 voucher to Canadian Tire to be used towards buying a bike. Someone will also walk away with a new Garmin Jr. watch. 

Bike Safety Day will go on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garmin parking lot. 

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