|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||NHTSA 2-98|
|Wednesday, January 21, 1998||Contact: Tim Hurd|
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550|
Some 250 fourth grade students from San Diego County schools today participated in the "Ride Like A Pro" bicycle safety event held at Merrill-Douglas Stadium in conjunction with Super Bowl XXXII activities in San Diego, to promote bicycle safety and bicycle helmet use.
The City of San Diego has been one of Californias leaders in promoting safe cycling, both through its school based safety programs and with its growing bicycle commuter program.
The students who attended the event learned the benefits of wearing a bicycle helmet and practiced safe riding skills through a series of exercises teaching good riding habits. Each child received a bicycle helmet.
San Diego Chargers running back Terrell Fletcher spoke to the
students, and he stressed the importance of wearing a helmet on
and off the playing field. "Wearing a bicycle helmet is the
single most effective measure bicycle riders -- both young and
old -- can take to prevent brain injuries in crashes. This event
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