The Carolina Beach Police Department Annual Bicycle Rodeo
Last year’s Bicycle Rodeo began with fittings for brand new bike helmets for kids, provided free of charge. Then they got to test their bicycle safety skills on an obstacle course with real-life situations that teaches kids to look all ways before crossing streets, walking their bikes safely across cross walks, recognizing traffic lights and stop signs, identifying rail road crossings, handling their bicycles correctly, and avoiding obstacles like stray dogs. The skills kids learn at the Rodeo help inspire confidence to ride their bikes safely and have fun doing it.
The Bicycle Rodeo brings together kids, their families, the Carolina Beach Police Department, and the community in an effort to increase awareness of bicycle safety, and establishing positive relationships between the community and the police department. Through the support of sponsors and donations, bicycle giveaways will be awarded to children in need during the event, as well as a variety of other giveaways like reflectors and lights.
Not just about bike safety, the Bicycle Rodeo is a great opportunity to get to know the Carolina Beach Police officers who deliver a service to the community above and beyond their regular duties of keeping us safe. Officers often volunteer at school functions and youth sporting events. They’ve even volunteered as wait staff at a local restaurant for an evening, donating their tips to the elementary school.
Recently, Carolina Beach Police officers they gave their time to repaint the Carolina Beach Elementary School sign. And on Halloween, officers can be seen handing out candy around town.
Come see what’s in store for the 2016 Bicycle Rode! For more information on the event, visit the official Carolina Beach Police Department Bicycle Rodeo Facebook page here.