Brooklyn’s 66th Police Precinct is among the most dangerous places in New York City for bike riders. It is “the second most dangerous [place to ride a bike] with 5.1 cyclist injuries per 100 collisions,” writes the New York Business Journal.
In light of the worrisome findings, Senator Simcha Felder (D – Brooklyn) is launching a campaign aimed at increasing bike safety and awareness in the community.
“I am deeply concerned that there are so many bicyclists being injured in my community,” said Felder, whose 17th Senate District covers the 66th Police Precinct. “Thank G-d there are many active children in the community who love riding their bikes and having fun outdoors. However, we must stress to our children the importance of being safe while also having fun.”
“Together with BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance, I am announcing the ‘Wear a Helmet’ Campaign to promote bike safety,” continued the Senator. “Wearing a helmet is such an easy thing to do, and it is also required by law. We should work together to teach our children safety in a fun, enjoyable, way.”
Beginning Sunday, August 30th to Friday, September 4th, any child or teenager wearing a helmet while riding a bike may pick up a coupon for a free Klein’s ice cream or ices from the following participating neighborhood toy stores:
- Toys 4 You – 4510 13th Ave
- Linicks – 4811 13th Ave
- Double Play – 4115 14th Ave
- Tree House – 5210 16th Ave
- Toys 2 Discover – 5504 18th Ave
- Totally Toys – 1435 Coney Island Ave
The coupons can then be redeemed at the Safety Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday, September 6th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boro Park Ice Cream House, 2 Church Avenue. The event will feature entertainment and special appearances by the New York Police Department, Fire Department, Hatzolah, Shomrim, and others. Children will be treated to balloons and a magician along with clowns and free prizes. Senator Felder, along with other elected officials, will greet the “Safe Riders” and distribute certificates attesting to their commitment to bike safety.