Annual police department and Optimist Club bike rodeo planned Saturday at Windsor Middle School
May 14, 2014
Free bicycle helmets, an obstacle course, free bike registrations and safety tips for young bikers will all be part of the annual bike rodeo sponsored by the Windsor Police Department and Windsor Optimist Club.
This year’s event will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Windsor Middle School parking lot, 900 Main St.
Windsor police Chief John Michaels said 50 free helmets will be passed out to those kids who don’t have them. The helmets were purchased by the Optimists.
“We always do this right before school gets out to get helmets to the kids that need them, give them some basic skills, go through the little obstacle course and remind them about the rules of the road and to be safe out there,” Michaels said.
The bike registrations will be through the Town of Windsor.
“We give them a little license to put on the bike in case it’s lost or stolen. If we pick it up we can research the number,” Michaels said. “It’s like a license plate. It’s a little sticker with a number on it.”
Michaels said the Optimists and police department have worked together on the bike rodeo for many years.
“The Optimists are heavy contributors to this event,” Michaels said. “We use an awful lot of their manpower. They provide the helmets and work the obstacle course. The officers are there to talk to the kids, put on the helmets and register the bikes. It’s a great community effort.”