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Keep Middlesex Moving, Inc., Partners with Venetian for Bike Safety Fun Fest

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ (May 26, 2015)—Children participating in the first annual Bike Fun Fest at the newly-opened Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center will learn the rules of the road in a bike safety rodeo managed by Keep Middlesex Moving, Inc. (KMM) on Sunday, May 31 from noon to 3 p.m. They will build their knowledge and skills to stay safe at the festival at South Amboy’s cutting-edge short- and long-term care center. The Venetian has partnered with local organizations and businesses to bring this event to the community.

"Teaching bike safety is an important part of our Safe Routes to School program, where we work to make walking and biking to school safer and easier for families,” said Peter Bilton, "Safe Routes to School” coordinator at KMM, Middlesex County’s nonprofit transportation management association. “We are happy to be able to bring our bike rodeo activities to the kids of South Amboy.”

“Our goal is to help the families in our Middlesex County community make sure their children are safe as they take to the roads, sidewalks and paths this spring and summer,” said Joshua Jacobs, vice president of Windsor Healthcare Communities, the parent organization to Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center, which is located at 275 John T. O’Leary Blvd. in South Amboy. “And we are thrilled to have the bike safety experts here to work with the families of South Amboy.”

KMM’s “bike rodeo” takes kids through stations designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to stay safe while navigating unpaved surfaces and sharing the road with traffic. After a helmet check, kids will learn about common maintenance issues while getting their bikes inspected by a trained mechanic from Extremz, a bike shop located at 108 Main St., Woodbridge.

They will then ride through a closed bicycle skills course staffed by volunteer “Ambassadors in Motion” from the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center of Rutgers University, which is devoted to transportation research, education and outreach.

The closed skills course provides opportunities to learn and practice starting and stopping, turns, signals and avoiding obstacles. Kids can practice bike control on a figure-eight track and finish up by challenging fellow participants in the "Snail Race."

In addition to bike safety activities, the family event will include a bike decorating contest, moon bounce, sand art, crafts, free raffles and a fire truck tour. The Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center has purchased four new bikes for the free raffles and will provide free bike helmets to the first 75 attendees. 

The rain date for the Bike Fun Fest is Sunday, June 7. Families should bring their children and their bicycles.

 

About Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center

The new Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center is a cutting-edge rehabilitation and long-term care center that embraces person-directed care, modern design and technology near the South Amboy waterfront. It replaces the 1960s-era Briarwood Care & Rehabilitation Center and is one of 10 Windsor Healthcare Communities located throughout New Jersey. 

The home accommodates 60 short-term residents and another 120 nursing home residents. It is within walking distance of downtown South Amboy, the train station and two parks on the waterfront promenade, which offers scenic views and lots of entertainment. Venetian’s immediate neighbors are the South Amboy YMCA, Frog Hollow Swim and Tennis Club, and new townhomes to be built by Woodmont Properties.

About Windsor Healthcare Communities

Windsor Healthcare Communities provides clinically sophisticated post-hospital medical care and rehabilitation, as well as comprehensive and skilled nursing care throughout New Jersey. A family-owned and -operated organization, Windsor is a recognized pioneer in promoting person-directed care that cherishes, honors and loves our Elders. We are committed to medical excellence and well-being for all that we serve. Please visit http://www.windsorhealthcare.org for more information.

 

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Media queries please contact:

Becky Taylor, Windsor Healthcare, (609) 240-6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com

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