B'ville bike rodeos to begin

Spring's here and it is time to think about bike safety.

That's why the Baldwinsville Police Department and the Baldwinsville Optimist Club are pleased to announce the assembly and rodeo schedule for the 2008 Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program.

As in past years, each elementary school will be visited by police officers who will demonstrate safe bicycle riding practices and give safety tips. A major innovation that occurred within the past few years is the use of bicycle patrols by the police department. Bike patrol officers will assist with the assemblies and will describe how they stay safe while patrolling on the bicycle.

Each school's assembly program will be followed by a rodeo for first through fifth graders in which the winners will then have the opportunity to compete at a grand rodeo, with the possibility of winning one of three new bicycles. The rodeos place an emphasis on the skillful and safe riding by the students, not on trick or fast riding. There will be bike locks and "jump" helmets given away as prizes and there will be refreshments for all participants.

In the event of rain, each school will announce a rain date. This year due to all the students being bused, the rodeos will start at 4:30 p.m. with student registration being accepted through the end of the event.

Any questions should be directed to the student's school, or the Baldwinsville Police Department at 635-3131. Make it out to the rodeos and enjoy the pleasant weather and support your child's fun and safety.

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