Por­terdale bike rodeo teaches skills and safety

The Covington News - - NEWS - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­news.com

It’s not that kind of rodeo. There are no bulls, horses or las­sos.

But on Satur­day, July 23, the Por­terdale Po­lice Depart­ment will be host­ing a Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon, fol­lowed by lunch and a softball tour­na­ment at B.C. Crow­ell Park on North Broad Street by the Por­terdale Fire Depart­ment.

Mike Be­saw of Square Bikes in Cov­ing­ton will present the rodeo. “It’s a clinic to teach chil­dren the skills and pre­cau­tions to ride a bi­cy­cle safety.”

Be­saw said he had wanted to do some­thing in Por­terdale for chil­dren and adults when he was ap­proached by Por­terdale Po­lice Chief Ja­son Cripps.

“We’re go­ing to do an ob­sta­cle course and a prize give­away,” Be­saw said. “We’re go­ing to do a me­chanic’s clinic, show­ing kids how to ad­just their tire pres­sure and how to ad­just their brakes.”

Be­saw said he wasn’t sure why it is called a bike rodeo, but “it’s been called that for years. It is or­ga­nized will all kinds of dif­fer­ent events. It’s a clinic to teach chil­dren the skills and pre­cau­tions to ride a bi­cy­cle safety.”

Cripps, whose po­lice depart­ment meets res­i­dents and their chil­dren at block par­ties held through­out the sum­mer and other events, said the bike rodeo is a great way to bond with the village’s chil­dren. “[It] “also show that the po­lice depart­ment does have a car­ing side and that we are sim­ply hu­man like ev­ery­one else,” said Chief Ja­son Cripps of the Por­terdale Po­lice Depart­ment, which is spon­sor­ing the event.

Fol­low­ing the rodeo, lunch will be served be­tween noon and 1 p.m., fol­lowed by a game of softball for the po­lice and chil­dren.

“It will just be a good, down to earth game of softball,” Cripps said.

Be­saw said the event caters to all ages, though it’s mostly for youth. “Bring your kids and bring a hel­met,” he said.

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