Bicycle safety and family fun was in full swing at the annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo which the late Sheriff Ron Ives began 17 years ago to offer instructions to kids and families about how to ride safely in and around the community. To kickstart the day kids were invited into participate in a ride around Central Park led by a Sheriff. This was only the beginning of the fun and learning that ensued.
It was an exciting day full of activities such as a rock climbing wall and face painting station. Hungry kids and parents could chow down on a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of local Firemen who donated their time and cooking skills. Games led by the Police department showed kids the rules of the road on a course set-up in the parking lot. To ensure that Rancho Cucamonga’s kids ride safe the Police department gave away over 400 free helmets. A few lucky kids even won bicycles! The event is a positive step for the community’s health and safety thanks to the Police and Fire departments.
Parents were eager to give their children some quality time interacting with Policemen in light of the negative connotation that is associated with the line of work. The day showed everyone, young and old, that our Police department is here to encourage safe fun. Their selfless efforts to provide kids with the correct tools to ride safely promoted positive relationships and healthy lifestyle tips. The annual event is only growing in size thanks to the Police and Fire departments that give of their time and energy to make connections with their community.