University Police Bike Rodeo June 30 welcomes children and parents
The first Bike Rodeo sponsored by the University Police Department will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 30, with registration outside the auditorium and the Bike Rodeo obstacle course in Parking Lot 11. The event is free and open to children ages 7 to 12 and their parents.
University Police bike patrol officers will teach children proper bicycle safety rules, give bike inspection pointers, describe equipment needed to ride a bike safely (such as helmets) and demonstrate techniques for maneuvering a bike on the road. The officers will also cover Texas law pertaining to bicycles on a roadway.
Bike Rodeo applications are available at the University Police Department and all Health Science Center entry control stations, or by calling 567-2800. Completed applications are due by June 23 to Darlene Beeson or Jackie Neal, University Police Department.
The University Police Department will set up a bike obstacle course with curves, straightaway, and lines and cones. The goal is to improve children's steering, balance and braking. The department several years ago inaugurated a Community Policing Program to help the community become more aware of safety.
The event will include free food, a presentation by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Travis Hall, and prizes, trophies and ribbons. The first 100 children in each of three age groups (ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12) will be enrolled. Event supporters include Motherís Window Tint, Hot Links T-shirts, BFI, Albertsonís, Alamo Cafe, Big Red Bottling Co., the San Antonio Police Department, the American Red Cross, Aramark, Fiesta Texas, Sea World, OfficeMax, Alamo Heights Office Supply, Ride Away Bicycles, and the UTHSC audiovisual and custodial services divisions.