HealthWatch: Open Streets Green Bay

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Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay is meant to bring families together for fitness and fun.
 
The event will soon welcome bikers, walkers and skateboarders to enjoy the streets of Green Bay without the worry of traffic, “We’re basically blocking a stretch in downtown Green Bay of road to automobile traffic and opening it up for people,” said Nick Olsen, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.
 
The  route runs from Main Street starting on Washington Street over the bridge down Dousman Street to Fisk Park, “Kids on tricycles, kids on strider bikes, walking, lots of biking people on roller skis,” said Randy Bailey, owner, Stadium Bike.
 
There will be six activity zones along the way– with music and fun, “Each activity zone has anywhere from five to 10 activities going on. They’re kind of themed from a family zone to a rock and roll zone to our FitFest,” explained Olsen.
 
Safety is a high priority. Stadium Bike will offer free bike checks in the safety zone, “So stop by our tent we will have a technician on staff to just check your bike over, air up your tires if need be, make sure the breaks are working,” explained Bailey.
 
If you’re riding a bike, you should have the proper safety equipment, “The first thing all riders should have is a helmet. A helmet is definitely going to protect you against a head injury,” said Bailey.
 
And make sure it fits properly. The helmet should sit flat on your head, you need to tighten the straps and the retention system in back, “A pinky finger under the side, two fingers under the chin strap, level with the ground, a little bit of forehead showing would be a good fit for a bike helmet,” explained Bailey.
 
And if you don’t have a helmet, Baycare Clinic will be giving away approximately 300 free ones, “If we can hand out a bunch of helmets to people who do not have a helmet I think we are doing a good service,” said Olsen.
 
Need a bike? Stadium Bike is giving away two kids bikes. All you need is your zone activity passport, “So you go to each of the different zones and you get your passport signed off for that zone and if you reach four out of the six zones you can enter your passport into the drawing for a free bike,” explained Olsen, plus you get a free T-shirt.
 
You can get your free zone activity passport and map at the information hub by Leicht park on Dousman Street right over the bridge.
 
The free Open Streets Green Bay is Saturday, July 16th from 9am to 1pm.
 
To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 
 
 

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