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City police hold bike rodeo

JAVONTE HILL, 8, rides a unicycle around the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot on Saturday during the Findlay Police Department's annual Bike Rodeo. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six. (Photo by Ryan Dunn)

JAVONTE HILL, 8, rides a unicycle around the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot on Saturday during the Findlay Police Department’s annual Bike Rodeo. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six. (Photo by Ryan Dunn)

By RYAN DUNN
STAFF WRITER

Dozens of area children learned some safety tips while testing their bicycle skills this weekend.

Findlay police on Saturday held their third annual Bike Rodeo at the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six.

“Each year, we seem to get more and more kids, volunteers and donations,” Crime Prevention Officer Brian Dill said.

The Bike Rodeo is part of the department’s Bikes, Books and Badges program, in which police refurbish abandoned bicycles and provide them to children in need.

Dill said he was grateful to again use Marathon’s parking lot, although the company’s construction projects may cause the event to move next year.

“This has been a great spot because a lot of the kids can ride right from downtown and get here,” he said.
Dill, a cyclist himself, said he hopes the program encourages safe riding and better health.

“It kind of makes it worthwhile to see them having a good time and getting out on a beautiful Saturday morning,” Dill said.

Dunn: 419-427-8417
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Twitter: @CourierRyan

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