Seashore’s Bike Safety Events Aimed at Reducing Accidents and Injuries

PROVINCETOWN – The Cape Cod National Seashore has announced that its “Bike Safety at the Seashore” events will take place July 29 and August 5. This is the 11th year the park has held events focused on bike safety.

Bicycling accidents are the leading cause of injury to visitors to the National Seashore, according to Ranger interpreter Brent Ellis. When the program started 11 years ago, he called it a kind of awakening.

“People were bringing in bikes that were in such disrepair,” Ellis said, “they shouldn’t have ridden them.”

Every year, cyclists with serious head injuries are evacuated to Boston hospitals. The Seashore partners with Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, volunteers, local bike shops and towns outside Cape Town to encourage safe practices.

“When you have trails with the difficulty of the Province Lands Bike Path and you can ride as fast as you can, that should make you stop and think,” Ellis said.

A bike safety program will take place on August 5 at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, pictured in this photo from earlier this year.

The July 29 event is scheduled to take place at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown from 10 a.m. to noon.

On August 5, the Salt Pond Visitor Center will host the event. It is also scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

Both events are free and open to the public. They will feature helmet fittings, bike safety checks, educational exhibits and seaside bike safety facts. Attendance prizes may be available while supplies last. There will be information about the National Seashore Healthy Parks Healthy People program.

The Province Lands Visitor Center is located at 171 Race Point Road off Route 6 in Provincetown. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road at the intersection of Route 6 in Eastham.

Maria R. Newman