Amherstburg police bike rodeo planned for May 31 at Centennial Park


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Children and parents will get an opportunity to learn about bicycle safety as well as get some safety equipment and tips May 31.

The Amherstburg Police Service, along with the Rotary Club of Amherstburg and Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program, are presenting their annual bicycle rodeo the last day of May at Centennial Park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Const. Melissa Taylor said they will have a helmet safety check, a bike decorating station, a station where lights, locks and bells can be checked and other areas for the children and parents to visit.

“Our plan is to make sure the children meet all the Highway Traffic Act requirements for safe riding,” said Taylor.

Lena Lazanja, past president of the Rotary Club, noted there will be a barbecue also that day. She said Rotary has picked up the bicycle helmet program formerly done by the Masons and will try and assist as many children as they can with new bicycle helmets should some children not have one already.

Taylor noted there will be an obstacle course as well and the use of Centennial Park means safe riding can be taught on the track and keep cyclists away from moving vehicles.

Children of all ages are invited to come to Centennial Park that day as the bike rodeo is free. Kids with bicycle helmets can also wear them and have them checked to make sure they fit properly.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) has also helped out, said Taylor, as ACS has helped locate local families that may not be able to afford such safe riding equipment as new helmets. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is also providing support for the event, said Taylor.

Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program is helping to support the bicycle rodeo through proceeds generated through last August’s golf tournament, Lazanja added.

The bicycle rodeo will be held rain or shine.

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