Argentine Twp. — Bike rides, free helmets and hot dogs were enjoyed by attendees at the second annual Bike Rodeo hosted by the Argentine Township Police Department on Saturday, June 29 at the Linden High School.
The event helps promote bike safety.
“This is the second year. We’re going to do it every year. Every year we’re going to get it bigger,” said Doug Fulton, Argentine Township detective sergeant.
Kids brought their own bikes, and police recorded the serial number in case the bike is stolen or lost. They gave parents a sticker to put on the bike that contains emergency contact information, such as the parent’s name, number, any allergies to medication and more. If a child falls off their bike and is knocked unconscious, emergency responders know who to call. Kids also got a free toy and a sticker.
The department also handed out pamphlets on Crime Stoppers and where to properly store guns in the house.
Representatives from the Hurley Trauma Center were on scene to teach kids about common injuries associated with biking, which include concussions. They taught parents about warning signs associated with head injuries. The children were fit with a new helmet and their bike was inspected by Cyclefit Sports. After that, they biked through the course and learned hand signals.
The Argentine Township Fire Department was on scene with a truck that kids could explore. The hot dogs were donated by Patty and Larry Davis, the buns were donated by The Deck, and the tents were donated by Tents Events with E’s.
The helmets, along with four bikes that were raffled off, were paid for by the police department through two grants from the Walmart store in Grand Blanc, totaling $2,000, Fulton said.
The police department started this event through their crime prevention unit. They held the first bike rodeo last summer in a mobile home park that had an issue with kids on bikes running through stop signs and not riding safely.
Fulton said he once responded to a 5-year-old riding her bike on McCaslin Lake Road, which is a 55 mph road.
Rebecca Singelis walked around with her son, Mason, 7, who went to every station.
“I brought him to get his bike checked out, get a helmet. He needed one, and I wouldn’t know which one to buy. And to see all the policemen, see the fire trucks and ride his bike,” Singelis said.