The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety workshops to elementary school age children in 2017.
“This grant funding will help prevent injuries and prepare our youth for a lifetime of fun, safe bicycling,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Eight workshops from January through May will be conducted at after-school programs in the Long Beach Unified School District. Fourth- and fifth-graders will be targeted, and the students will receive free helmets that have been properly fitted to their heads.
“Walking and bicycling are great forms of physical activity and transportation for youth, keeping them healthy and connected to their community,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services. “This OTS grant will allow us to teach youth to be safe while they’re enjoying these activities.”
The Health Department will also provide bike and pedestrian safety information at community events during Bicycle Safety Month in May 2017.
“Safety while walking on our streets and sidewalks is everyone’s concern, whether you are a driver, cyclist or pedestrian,” said Rhonda Craft, OTS Director. “This grant highlights the State’s recognition that each of us has to understand how serious this problem is and that we all need to do our part to share the road safely.”
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For information about how to participate, or for more information about this project, contact Louisa Franco, Health Promotions Coordinator, at Louisa.Franco@longbeach.govor 562.570.7901.