“Cars, Bikes and Buses” to Help Mark World Refugee Day
What: As part of World Refugee Day, the first annual “Cars, Bikes and Buses” safety fair will equip newly-arriving refugees and immigrants with the practical tools and knowledge to overcome transportation barriers and safely navigate their new community. More than 1,700 refugees relocate to Colorado annually, and face new ways and laws regarding safety. Being unfamiliar with traffic and transportation rules in the United States can be a source of devastating accidents. This event will provide safety exercises, information and gear to newly-arrived refugee families, allowing them peace of mind and enhanced community safety.
The event will include: live entertainment, including Tito Malaga’s band and cultural dance groups, giveaways and bike raffles, child passenger safety station, CarFit checkpoints for seniors, pedestrian and public transportation safety exercises, bicycle safety demonstrations and on-site library card enrollments.
Why: This event is being held as part of World Refugee Day. Each year on June 20 the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves.
Who: The event host is the ECDC/African Community Center, whose mission is to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services and community activities. Sponsors include ROAD (Reaching Older Adult Drivers), an outreach program funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation; WeeCycle and the Colorado African Organization
This event is organized by the African Community Center, in association with the Colorado Department of Transportation; WeeCycle and the Colorado African Organization