Bike rodeo planned for June 14 at Spring Street Academy

Learning the rules of the road for bicycle safety

Scott Doherty
Published on June 9, 2014
The Amherst Police Department’s school liaison officer, Const. Michelle Harrison, and Spring Street Academy students Blake Carter and Danica Wallis are gearing up for this Saturday’s bike rodeo, which is being held at the local school.
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The Amherst Police Department is joining with community partners to host a bike rodeo at Spring Street Academy on Saturday.

AMHERST, N.S. – Youth in Cumberland County will soon have a chance to learn the rules of the road, at least when it comes to bike safety.

The Amherst Police Department’s school liaison officer, Const. Micelle Harrison, is working with the Town of Amherst to organize a bike rodeo at the Spring Street Academy on Saturday, June 14, from 11 3 p.m. as part of Cumberland County Bike Week, which runs from June 6-15.

Harrison said the timing for the upcoming bike rodeo is especially important considering the time of year.

“Summertime is coming, kids are going to be out of school, and we want to make sure their bikes are safe to ride, we want to make sure their helmets fit properly.  We don’t want any accidents over the summer. We want to make sure the kids know their hand signals and the rules of the road.”

The rodeo is open to all Cumberland county youth, who must be accompanied by an adult, and will consist of a safety course set up that participants will have to navigate. The Bicycle Specialist will also be on site to inspect bikes and make sure they are safe to ride. All particpants who finish the requirements of the bike rodeo will receive a special treat and be entered into a draw o win a new bike.

Helmets are required by all participants in the upcoming bike rodeo and they are also encouraged to bring sunscreen and water.

Harrison said special thanks go out to Amherst Dairy Queen, The Cooperators, Lion’s Club, Canadian Tire and the Bicycle Specialist for making the bike rodeo possible.