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Ferguson Township Police to Host Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo

by on May 30, 2012 6:00 AM

With local schools preparing to close their doors for the summer months, many kids also will be gearing up to enjoy the outdoors by riding their bikes.

It is a potentially dangerous activity if proper safety precautions aren’t taken.

To prevent unnecessary bike accidents and injuries, the Ferguson Township Police are holding their annual bike safety rodeo Saturday at Weis Markets on Martin Street. The event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participating children will get the chance to ride their bikes with Ferguson Township officers, register them in case of theft and have them inspected for repairs by representatives from The Bicycle Shop.

Sgt. Ryan Hendrick, who has been helping with the bike safety rodeo for more than 10 years, said the event aims to teach basic bicycle safety, but also emphasize the opportunity for kids to talk to police officers on a “one-on-one basis.”

“First and foremost, the goal is that they’re safe,” Hendrick said. “The other advantage is positive police interaction.”

Certified child safety seat technicians will also be available to inspect vehicles for the proper installation of car seats for young passengers.

Children who participate in the event will have the chance to learn important safety skills, enter to win a new bicycle and enjoy food provided by Weis Markets, Rita’s Italian Ice, Subway and Domino’s Pizza.

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a student at Penn State and an intern for covering local news and events.
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