The Times West Virginian

June 21, 2013

Farmington to host bicycle rodeo Saturday

Free helmets for kids 15 and under

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FARMINGTON — A local police department is supplying kids with bicycle helmets and safety courses.

The Farmington Police Department is holding its first bicycle rodeo from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Farmington Fire Department.

Police chief Andrew Schwartz said the police department will be handing out helmets to kids who do not have one. He said the event is for kids 15 and younger at no cost.

“Anybody within the town limits is welcome to come,” Schwartz said. “For the kids who don’t have helmets, the town is going to supply them with helmets.”

Schwartz said they will be handing out helmets to kids ranging in age from toddlers to teens. If they run out of helmets, officers will take the children’s names, home addresses and phone numbers and order a helmet for them.

“We’ll order them for the kid and mail it to them,” Schwartz said.

Children must bring their own bicycle and be accompanied by an adult or guardian over the age of 18.

Schwartz said that in addition to handing out helmets, they will be doing a bike inspection and kids can ride through an obstacle course.


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