Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety to host fifth annual Bike Rodeo on Aug. 6

Free public event to include bike safety resources, giveaways, bike riding, and more

A large group of participants from a previous year's Bike Rodeo pose by their bikes
(EMU file photo)

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University Police Department will host its fifth annual Bike Rodeo safety event from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 6. The event will kick off at the George Gervin GameAbove Center, located at 799 N Hewitt Rd. in Ypsilanti.

This year’s Bike Rodeo will include free giveaways, on-site mechanics for bike safety checks, including a mechanical inspection and helmet fitting suggestions, information tables from local donors who are bicycle supporters, and refreshments. To date, the event is responsible for distributing more than 300 children's bike helmets. 

“We are always excited to welcome families throughout Washtenaw County and metro Detroit to teach them the importance of bike safety and where riders can exercise safety measures,” said Sergeant Joseph Torres of the EMU Department of Public Safety.

EMU police officers, Huron Valley Ambulance, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and other first responders will join in to promote overall bike safety and awareness. The Bike Rodeo is in partnership with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Huron Valley, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating preventable childhood injuries, along with support from Destination Ann Arbor, GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, and Ypsilanti government officials including Mayor Lois Richardson and City Manager Frances McMullan.

 “We have a lot of support from local businesses and community leaders and the George Gervin Center is the perfect destination to execute the Bike Rodeo,” said Torres. “Our officers, volunteers and staff have always had a great time, so I am hoping this year's event will be the best one yet,” he added.

For more information, visit www.emich.edu/police or contact Sergeant Torres at jtorresi@emich.edu.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

July 27, 2022

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