LINCOLN, Maine — Local children ages 5 to 10 can learn bicycle safety and possibly receive a free bike helmet under a free bicycle safety program on Saturday, town Events Coordinator Amanda Woodard said Tuesday.
The Police Department’s second-annual Bike Rodeo will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Veterans Square off Main Street. It will feature checks of bicycles to see whether they are built or maintained properly; helmet checks to ensure they fit properly; and a safety course offered by Officer Mark Fucile and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Woodard said.
“This is to make sure that the kids of Lincoln understand road safety and the basic rules of the road,” Woodard said.
The rodeo comes in response to an accident in which a then-7-year-old boy was accidentally struck by a pickup truck on Katahdin Avenue in August 2011, Woodard said. The boy eventually recovered from his injuries. The accident spurred the first rodeo a month later.
This year’s event features a barbecue and helmet giveaway hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Cole-Whitney Ford of Lincoln. About 30 helmets will go to children who cannot otherwise afford them, Woodard said.
Anyone needing more information can call Woodard at 794-3372.