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ONA CA1 Bike Fair a Success

In a city like Portland, which prides itself in being a biker-friendly environment, it is important to instill in children the proper rules for safe bike riding, including wearing a properly fitted helmet. The nurses of the Oregon Nurses Associations’ Constituent Association 1 know firsthand how important it is to teach these skills to children now so they don’t end up seeing them later on as patients with severe injuries from bike accidents.

To reach out to children and adults, ONA’s Constituent Association 1 held their Helmet & Safety Fair on June 1, 2013. Every year or two, the organization purchases hundreds of helmets to give away to those who stop by, providing a new helmet to those children and adults who are often underserved and may not be able to purchase a new helmet on their own. This year, the event was held at Columbia Park in Troutdale, Ore. to support the Reynolds Little League.

On Saturday, volunteers, including registered nurses and experienced bicycle safety professionals, fitted 200 children and adults for helmets. ONA Constituent Association 1 has now fitted over 700 free helmets in the Portland Metro area since 2007 as part of their community outreach to promote injury prevention. Keeping children safe while on their bikes also helps keep children outside and active, encouraging a healthy lifestyle overall.

Jenny Taylor, RN, is the president of Constituent Association 1 and one of the driving forces behind the event. “As a nurse with 19 years of experience & currently a physical rehab nurse, it is a passion of mine to prevent traumatic head injuries” says Taylor.

Children checked in with a parent or guardian, then were properly sized with a demo fitting helmet. After determining the appropriate size, a child got to pick out the color and style of the helmet they wanted and a trained volunteer would properly fit the helmet and show the child and the adult, the proper way it should fit.
Besides the helmets, the event featured a bike rodeo, sponsored by Sandra & Boy Scout Troup # 664, where children could have their bikes checked at the safety station, learn about the rules of the road and then ride the course. Troutdale Police Officers were also on hand to show children their police car, give out stickers, and talk about the rules of the road. John Parr, Director of Gresham Physical Therapy Therapeutic Associates, also provided a physical therapy obstacle course activity for the kids to complete.

Constituent Association 1 would like to thank the following partners in their day of activities: ONA nurse volunteers; bike helmet fitters; Reynolds Little League Dawn Bull and Majors White Sox team; John Parr PT Director of Gresham Physical Therapy Therapeutic Associates; Sandra Doubleday, the Transportation Planner City of Gresham; Boy Scout Troup #664 members Matthew Miller, Robert Brookshire & Susan Brookshire, Joshua Wood, Hunter Lund and Barb Wood; John Olsen, the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Reynolds High School; Troutdale Police Officer Decker & Officer Bearson; and Mike Morrison, RN, of Trauma Nurses Talk Tough. Because of the dedication of these volunteers, hundreds of people are now a little safer while riding their bikes.

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