After being fitted for a helmet and completing the bike rodeo at Bicycle Safety Day on May 10, children and parents will view race cars and their drivers on West Main Street, near the fire department. This year, the group includes the University of Northwestern Ohio Motorsports team; John Mills, SCCA Racing; Jerry Bowersock, Modifieds, late models; Mike Miller, Sprint Cars; â€śWeaselâ€ť John Philpot, Modifieds; â€śDoughboyâ€ť Shane Unger, Modifieds. (Wapakoneta Daily News/File)
The upcoming Bicycle Safety Day will mean an event filled with goodies, bicycles and fun for locals, but for one woman, it is a day filled with education she knows could save a life.
For six years, Marlene Froning has been organizing Bicycle Safety Day, which ensures that participating children receive proper bicycle equipment and education.
This year the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the TSC garage building on Willipie Street, Wapakoneta.
The event was first organized as a way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of her 9-year-old son, Keith Wesley. Keith died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.
“If we save one child from having a terrible accident, then we’ve done something right,” Froning said about the event hosted in Keith’s honor.
Froning said she receives feedback from the parents on how helpful the bicycle education has been for their children. However, every year, she said she will hear from a child who remembered to wear his or her helmet or hit his or her head and did not get injured, and that is what makes the event worth it.
“That’s what it’s all about — knowing that somehow you changed somebody’s life,” Froning said.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.