Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
Local youngsters can learn more about bike safety and be properly fit with a free bike helmet during the Fulton Bike Rodeo to be held Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fulton Community Center.
This free event will also offer an opportunity to take home a refurbished bike, as well as drawings for three free new bikes, air hop rides, bike registrations, food and more.
The Fulton Police Department will provide the free helmets that will be fit by certified staff from Oswego Health. An initiative of the hospital’s emergency department is to reduce the number of head injuries. Youngsters can also have a helmet that is in use checked for a safe fit.
New York State law stipulates that those under the age of 14 must wear a helmet when riding a bike or scooter.
Along with ensuring youngsters are wearing properly fit helmets, various agencies will be on hand to provide safety programs and tips. The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will provide child identification cards through its Operation Safe Child program and the Child Advocacy Center will provide information on how kids can be safe on the Internet.
In addition, the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board will have its popular obstacle course available for those age two to five. Members of the Fulton Police Department will have an obstacle course for older children and youths. Kids can bring their own bikes or use one that will be available at the rodeo.
The Fulton Fire Department and Menter Ambulance Service will have trucks at the event for a close up inside look at these emergency vehicles. Representatives from Doyle’s Bike Shop will also be on hand to conduct bike safety checks.
Sponsoring the event along with the Fulton Police Department are Oswego Health, the Fulton Benevolent Association, the City of Fulton, Menter Ambulance Doyle’s Bike Shop, Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Dunkin Donuts, the Fulton Rotary Club, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, Oswego County Health Department, Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, The Fulton City School District, Fisher Signs and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Council. Special thanks are due to members of the Fulton Alliance Church who are volunteering their time at the bike rodeo.
In the event of rain, the rodeo will be held inside the Fulton Community Center.
Oswego Health is among the sponsors of the Fulton Bike Rodeo to be held Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fulton Community Center. In the photo from left are Fulton Police Investigator Michael Curtis with Sutter Lewin as he is fitted last year for a helmet by Oswego Health’s Deb Jones, RN.