Police host bike safety day for kids

Keeping children safe as they ride their bicycles is the goal of an upcoming safety event hosted by an area police department.
The Cridersville Police Department is starting a new tradition and hosting a bike safety day to keep kids safe and they ride their bike to school.
Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and his officers will be hosting the first annual Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Cridersville Elementary School.
“We want to teach kids how to ride bikes safely,” Drake said, regarding the purpose of the event.
A few topics that will be taught to the children are using proper arm signals, how to cross the road with a bike and guidelines for riding a bike at night.
Activity books will be handed out, which will include important bike safety tips.
This program is part of the Safe Routes to School Program and it is the first year that the police department is hosting this event.
With new sidewalks being installed on Reichelderfer and Carlisle roads, near the Cridersville Elementary School, through the Safe Routes to School grant, Drake said more children will be riding their bikes to school, especially when these sidewalks are completed, so it is important to make sure they are safe while doing so.
“We want to get the kids to ride their bikes and ride with helmets,” Drake said.
Approximately 100 helmets will be given out to children at the event, and they plan to raffle off two bikes — one girl’s and one boy’s bike, to two lucky winners.
This event will be funded through the Ohio Safe Routes to School Program.