SIDNEY — The Sidney Police Department, Wilson Health and Scott Family McDonald’s in Sidney are teaming up to help promote bike helmet safety.
To encourage safe riding, officers from the Sidney Police Department will be issuing “tickets” to children observed wearing their helmets while riding their bicycles. This also applies to those children who are observed riding scooters, skates and skateboards. The tickets can be redeemed at the Sidney McDonald’s to receive a free small soft serve ice cream cone.
“We feel that these interactions are a unique way to promote safe riding while also being a great way for our youth to get to meet our officers and have a positive connection,” said Sgt. Matt Dembski, Sidney Police Department.
“We continue to raise awareness and educate pediatric patients and families within our medical practice on the importance of bike safety and wearing a helmet,” said Abby Fischer, certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Wilson Health. “Over 25,000 children are injured every year due to bike accidents. Bike helmets help prevent head injuries and can save lives. This awareness program is sending out a very important message to our youth in a fun and engaging way.”
The ice cream tickets are only redeemable at the Scott Family McDonald’s Sidney location.
“We love to give back to the communities we serve,” said Cindy Frantz, Scott Family McDonald’s. “We are proud to partner with Wilson Health and the Sidney Police Department on this important initiative.”
This bike helmet safety program is underway and will run through the summer season.