Kids came out despite the threat of rain Saturday, Sept. 12, to the 1st annual Auburn Police Department Bike Rodeo held at the Auburn Senior Center. Police Chief Larry Jones organized the event to teaching children the ins and outs of bicycle safety.
Riding bicycles is a popular activity for kids of all ages. There are important safety tips that can be useful while riding your bike which can prevent injury.
“I am very pleased at the outcome of the event,” said Jones. “We had a lot of fun. I really appreciate all the help from the many volunteers at our 1st annual rodeo. From the Auburn Rural-City Fire Departments and Hughes and Coleman, to the Auburn Senior Center and the City of Auburn. A big thanks.”
Jones and his helpers had a track set up so kids could learn how to maneuver their bikes in a safe manner. They were given t-shirts and goody bags, plus helmets were available for sale. A girl’s and boy’s bicycle was given away during the event as well. Brother and sister Jacob and Ella Moore were the lucky winners.
“We are planning to have this event next year as well,” Jones said. “I am tickled to death that we were able to make an impact, and got some kids informed about bicycle safety. That was what this was all about.”
Bike Rodeos teach children various safety skills by using simulated real life situations. Children had their bicycles and helmets inspected and fitter properly at Saturday’s event. Hughes & Coleman Attorneys at Law assisted with the fitting of helmets.
Participants were taught safety by riding through skilled courses and then learning techniques to better help them make decisions while riding.
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