NEW CANAAN — As warmer weather approaches, children and adults alike may be drawn to spending more time outside, especially on their bikes. But with this springtime hobby comes safety risks.
The New Canaan police and various other groups will address these risks at the New Canaan Police Department Youth Safety Day. Spearheaded by New Canaan police Capt. Andrew Walsh, the State Police, Fairfield police, New Canaan fire and ambulance and Caffeine and Carburetors, a group of local auto enthusiasts, will focus on providing education about bike and auto safety.
“The focus is bicycle safety,” said New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “Lots of children at this time of year aren’t wearing helmets and practicing safe bicycling. But other issues will be addressed as well. There are multiple things we see. We see children riding without helmets, we see children with improperly fitted helmets. Frankly, good defensive bicycling makes sense. When children are on the road, they need to be extra defensive.”
Visitors to the event can have their children’s car seats checked to ensure they’re being used properly. Officers will inspect bicycles and fit helmets. Limited free helmets will be provided. Attendees can view emergency vehicles and state police will bring a crash simulator, which safely mimics the sensation of being in a car accident.
If you go
The New Canaan Police Youth Safety Day will take place May 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New Canaan High School. For information, visit newcanaanpolice.org.