The village of Owensville held a children’s bicycle safety event in Gauche Park May 10.
Sponsored by the village council park committee, the purpose of the bicycle event was to teach the children who live in the village all about the do’s and dont’s of bicycle riding as well as a chance to utilize the park facilities, said council member Kimberly Beuke.
“We are doing this for the community,” Beuke said. “We need to bring people together in Owensville in a positive way. The recreation committee is trying to plan many activities in order to accomplish that and to take advantage of this beautiful park.”
Owensville police officer Dwight “Ike” Day and Owensville Safety Bike Officer Justin Moore spent three hours teaching the more than 20 children about bicycle safety through entertaining activities and games.
The Owensville Police Department and the village council came up with the idea for the bicycle event (and they hope to have it every year) because many little kids ride their bicycles through the village, many of them on U.S. State Route 50, which can be very perilous, Day said.
"When kids are having fun, they don't think about the traffic and how dangerous it can be," he said. "So we are being proactive when it comes to bicycle safety. We do not want any kids getting hurt."
Ten-year-old Courtney Spilker, showing much wide-eyed enthusiasm for the safety event, said that riding her bike is one of her favorite things to do on warm days.
"I am excited to learn about how to stay safe," she said after being deputized by the Owensville police department (all of the kids were ceremoniously deputized).
Bicycles, helmets, and coloring books were awarded as prizes to those children who participated in the safety event.