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 May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fulton Community Center.
This free event will also offer drawings for a free new bike, air hop rides, bike registrations, food and more.
New this year will be a bike give away of gently used bikes, which is being coordinated by Doyle’s Bike Shop.
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 parents can talk to their children about personal body safety.
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’s 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’s 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, 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.