Saturday, August 11, 2018

EMU Police Dept 1st Annual Bike Rodeo A Big Hit With Area Youth in Ypsilanti Saturday at Convocation Center.

EMU Police Officer Tim Siecinski takes a participant through the bike course Saturday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The 1st Annual Eastern Michigan University Police Dept Bike Rodeo was a rousing success with kids and the entire community Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. Temperatures hovering in the upper 80's did not dampen the fun for Ypsi kids or the many participating EMU police officers who were having just as much fun as the kids were. The event ran from 10 am until 2 pm.

The Bike Rodeo was free and welcomed all ages, but the kids ruled the day as moms and dads happily looked on. The event included a free safety check and helmet fitting. EMU police officers provided kids instruction on the rules of the road, helped them practice their skills, taught them bike safety, provided food and handed out lots of cool free stuff. That's hard to beat!

The Bike Rodeo was coordinated by EMU Police Sgt Joe Torres and it was clear through speaking with him that the department is very intent on building a positive relationship with the Ypsilanti community and that's pretty fantastic.

Fraser Bicycle located on Packard St between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor set up a tent at the event and donated 20 free bike helmets, stickers and water bottles, according to General Manager of Sales Ed Renauer.

A strong and steady flow of kids participated in the Bike Rodeo Saturday. As of 11:30 am an impressive 60 kids had participated in the 1st annual Bike Rodeo. Make sure to come on out again when the event returns next year!

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

The folks from Fraser Bicycle

Huron Valley Ambulance.

Making an appearance Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

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