Cedar Falls Public Safety is once again teaming up with 4 Queens Dairy Cream this summer to offer a sweet incentive for families who practice safe bicycle etiquette.
Cedar Falls is home to over 100 miles of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails, an abundance of soft trails, and emerging water trails. Cedar Falls Public Safety Bike Patrol helps monitor the areas to ensure all users have a safe experience. Officers are identified by their bright yellow shirts which are marked with the words 'Bike Patrol' alongside the Cedar Falls badge. During the upcoming months, they will also be carrying coupons for free small ice cream cones from 4 Queens Dairy Cream in Cedar Falls. The coupons are part of the Cedar Falls Public Safety 'Cover Your Cones' campaign and officers will distribute them to kids they see wearing their bike helmets.
"Our goal is always safety so we are excited to partner with 4 Queens Dairy Cream once again to offer the community this fun program," said Cedar Falls Captain Jeff Sitzmann. "It's just an extra way to positively reinforce the importance of helmet use, which is particularly important for kids so they can continue the habit as they grow."
"Due to the success of last year's campaign, we are also happy to announce that we will be doubling the number of coupons to give out this year!"
For ideal protection, Captain Sitzmann advises parents to always check to ensure their child's helmet is properly fitted. To do this, put on the helmet and rock it back and forth to make sure it does not move too much. After that, grab the bottom of your chin strap and if you can only fit one or two fingers through the strap, you are all set.
Cedar Falls Public Safety also reminds all trail users to stay safe by adhering to the following guidelines:
• Stay on designated trails
• Keep dogs under control and on a leash of six feet or less (always clean up after your pets)
• Help keep the trails clean and preserved
• Teach children not to run ahead of bicyclists and always be on alert
• Bicyclists must keep to the right and call out when passing
To learn more about the Cedar Falls trails, visit https://www.cedarfallstourism.org/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/trails/.