Programs: Wheeled Sports Safety
Bicycling continues to be a very popular activity in our region for children and adults. Additionally, inline skating, skateboarding and scootering continue to grow in popularity. While all these activities provide a great form of exercise, wheeled sports are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile.
Safe Kids Grand Forks is extensively involved in providing wheeled sports safety education throughout our community. Learn more about what we do, how to get the right helmet for your activity, the best helmet fit and many other tips to make sure you and your kids ride and skate safely.
Wear a bicycle helmet correctly. A bicycle helmet should fit comfortably and snugly, but not too tightly. It should sit on top of your head in a level position, and it should not rock forward and backward. The straps should always be secured.
Learn the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Use appropriate hand signals. Respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stop lights and stop and look both ways before entering a street. Refer to Grand Forks City Code on bicycle laws (Type bicycle into the Search bar).
Cycling should be restricted to sidewalks and bike paths until a child is age 10 and able to show how well he or she rides and observes the basic rules of the road. Adult supervision is essential until the traffic skills and judgment thresholds are reached by each child.
Safe Kids Grand Forks, in partnership with agencies throughout the region, offers wheeled sport safety education and the sale of safety items at public events and schools. These events include:
Safe Kids Grand Forks and local McDonalds restaurants have teamed up each summer to offer the "Cone Head Program". This incentive program has Grand Forks Police Officers "reward" kids seen wearing helmets with a "Cone Head Citation". This includes a card for a free ice cream cone at McDonalds. Wear your helmet and maybe you'll be "caught" too. We thanks the Grand Forks McDonalds for their support of this program.
This program is also offered in Larimore, ND thanks to The Scoop & Larson's Drive Inn. Safe Kids Grand Forks has partnered with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department to "catch" kids being safe in this community.
In Northwood, ND, the Northwood Police Department and Cool Stuff Drive Inn offer the Cone Head Citations in partnership with Safe Kids Grand Forks. We applaud these efforts to "catch kids doing the right thing by wearing their helmet".
In addition to these recognition programs, AAA North Dakota and Dairy Queen have partnered with several other entities to offer "I Got Caught" certificates to children throughout the state. To learn more, visit AAA.com/Safety for bike safety information.
Safe Kids Grand Forks offers the sale of wheeled sports helmets and protective pads (knee, elbow, wrist sets) at our office. These items are available to anyone at a reduced price and the suggested donation can be found below. Please note, you do need to make an appointment for a fitting as we are frequently away from the office at community events:
Our prices are as follows:
Here is a flyer of our Safety Items for Sale.
The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have done a great deal to support and promote biking in our community. The website they have created provides information on bike maps, upcoming events, biking improvements and rules of the road. To access their web page, click here.
To obtain hard copies of these materials for distribution, contact our Safe Kids office.
Grand Forks and the surrounding area have worked very hard to make our community a bike friendly city. The League of American Cyclists offers recognition levels that are designated following a rigorous application process that involves many facets of bike safety, enforcement, education, engineering and activities.
In November 2014, Greater Grand Forks was awarded the Bronze Level Designation by the League of American Cyclists and we are proud to be a part of the process for that application, a part of the activities that go into making this happen and a part of a community that strives to be "BIKE FRIENDLY". See the "report card" that recognizes our accomplishments and sets goals for future level advancements.