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Community Bike Night, the new Bike Rodeo, melds safety and fun

Windsor Optimist Club member Eric Harris remembers participating in Bike Rodeo when he was a child, and Tuesday night he served as one of the organizers for the new version of the event, Community Bike Night.

The Bike Rodeo was initially started more than 20 years ago as a competition, Harris said, but morphed into more of safety-centered event.

This year, Bike Rodeo's location and size shifted again, getting a new name and moving to Boardwalk Park with organizers from various organizations, including the Windsor Optimist Club, Windsor Police Department, Clearview Library District and Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.

The Bike Rodeo took place in the Windsor Middle School parking lot, which Optimist Club member Tom Macey said was much smaller and did not allow for as extensive an obstacle course.

Windsor Police Det. Andrew Stanger, the president of the Optimist Club, came to the Windsor Police Department in 2003, and three years later joined the Optimist Club.

Stanger said he started attending events as a police department representative and found he wanted to be more involved. Helping organize and participating in events like the Community Bike Night, Stanger said, helps relieve the stress of being a police officer while giving him more opportunities to help the community.

"It brings me joy," he said.

Stanger talked to the children who passed through his booth, the helmet check. He showed children how far to tighten their helmets and where helmets should sit on their heads, and for those who were in need of a new one the police department provided them.

At a station next to the helmet checks, David Roberts, owner of the Spokes bicycle shop in downtown Windsor, checked bicycles and made adjustments if needed. All who attended the event could get passports they took to each station with them, and if children visited all the stations they received a goodie bag.

Residents and their children lined up in front of the bicycle registration, which will assist the Windsor Police Department in finding their bikes if they get lost.

The event, Stanger said, makes sense for both his position as a police officer and an Optimist Club member, because as an officer he hopes to make the community safer, and the club focuses on "bringing out the best in kids," and providing projects and programs that benefit children in the community.

Parents were grateful for the safety features offered at the bike night. Joan Blair, a Windsor resident, said the obstacle course helped her children with navigational skills they wouldn't have otherwise been able to practice in such a safe envirionment.

"This is really amazing," she said.

Duck Race

The Windsor Optimist Club’s July event will be the Seventh Annual Duck Race, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8.

The event is a fundraiser, where hundreds of yellow rubber ducks are adopted and set free down Greeley Number 2 ditch, according to the club’s website.

Ducks will be released at the 17th Street bridge, behind the Windsor Gardener, and the finish line will be at the 11th Street bridge behind the Community Recreation Center.

Duck Adoptions are $10 each and are not tax deductible. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $100 will be awarded.

To adopt a duck, or for more information, visit windsoroptimistclub.org/.