On Sunday, June 10th, Senator Simcha Felder, Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Flatbush Shomrim hosted a wildly successful bike safety event. The crowd far exceeded expectations as families turned out in droves to enjoy a day of family fun while registering their bikes with the NYPD and receiving free bicycle helmets. Before the day’s end, Flatbush Shomrim had distributed 1500 free helmets sponsored by Senator Felder to children and teens of all ages.
“Our kids’ safety is always my highest priority and making sure every child riding a bicycle has a good helmet to wear is clearly a lifesaving initiative,” said Senator Felder. “This year we gave out many more helmets than last year and we hope to reach even more children next time.”
On Tuesday evening at 5:31 pm, a call came in to Hatzalah reporting that a car had clipped a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle. The impact threw him backward off his bicycle and his head hit the road. Hatzalah members rushed to the site of the accident on Ave. S in Flatbush only to find that, Baruch Hashem, the young boy was perfectly fine. His helmet had cracked right down the middle as it absorbed the impact and protected his skull from serious injury.
The next day, the young man called Senator Felder’s office to say thank you for the free bike helmet he received just two days before the accident that may have just saved his life.
“Flatbush Shomrim is grateful to have partnered with State Senator Simcha Felder on our annual bike registration/carnival event that always attracts a crowd who enjoy the great family fun and it really increases safety awareness. We look forward to continuing these important events together,” said Bob Moskovitz, Executive Coordinator of Flatbush Shomrim.