Annual event promotes bicycle safety, healthy lifestyles

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars 2016

Bad weather may have forced us to cancel last year’s ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars, but this year the annual bike safety event took place on a beautiful sunshine-filled day.

Hundreds of Jayhawks flocked to the KU Cancer Center’s Westwood campus June 4, with families lining up as early as 8 a.m. for their chance to receive a free bicycle helmet or, in some cases, a donated bicycle. The Greater Kansas City Network, along with Healthy Hawks, held two bicycle donation drives earlier this spring to collect bikes, tricycles and other outdoor play equipment to help families live healthier lifestyles. “We had a great group attend this year’s event, and we helped provide 60 kiddos with new-to-them bikes,” according to Betsy Winetroub, director of Kansas City programs.

’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars featured a bike safety obstacle course, a meet and greet with the Johnson County Consolidated Fire Department #2, a live radio remote by 99.7 The Point, and of course an appearance by everyone’s favorite mascot, Baby Jay. The first 150 kids also received a complimentary bike helmet, and all participants received a special certificate signed by Baby Jay.

“It was amazing to see the kids excited to get their ‘new’ bikes,” said Jessica Nelson, community awareness chair for the alumni network. “Everyone loved the bike safety course, climbing on the fire truck, and meeting Baby Jay.”

Watch the slideshow below for more pictures from ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars, or click here to view the photos on Flickr. Photos may be downloaded for personal use only.

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