NEW BRITAIN - Grab your bike, and a helmet, for the Bike Rodeo in Central Park this Saturday.
The free event, hosted by the city, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees will have the chance to enter a helmet giveaway and bike raffles, in which they could win a new youth bike. There will also be helmet decorating, a kid’s zone, bicycle stunt shows, obstacle courses and a free lunch. People will be given bike safety tips and bike safety checks.
“The goal of Bicycle Safety Day is not only to educate city youth on proper bicycle safety techniques, but also to promote a mode of transportation that is healthy, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective,” said Mayor Erin Stewart in a press release. “Bike riding is not only a practical way to get around, but an excellent means of recreation and exercise. Many of our young adults travel around our city on bikes and we need to ensure they have the proper education on being safe while riding on city streets.”
Chestnut Street to Bank Street will be blocked off during the event.
The League of American Cyclists has recognized New Britain, as well as eight other Connecticut towns, as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The city has over 30 miles of bike lanes and sharrows.
In addition to the city, the event is sponsored by the New Britain Police Department; the New Britain Health Department; New Britain Youth and Family Services division; Bike New Britain; the New Britain Police Athletic League; the New Britain Downtown District; and Community Mental Health Affiliates.
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