Riding in the Rain
Annual Bike Rodeo Held
Saturday morning’s drizzle wasn’t enough to keep participants away from the annual Bike Rodeo held at the Ray Elm Children and Elders Center.
In all 24 children and their family members attended the event which focuses on bicycle safety and proper operation, injury prevention, and the importance of helmets. Attendees received T-shirts, new helmets, and goodie bags. Bicycles were given to 16 participants courtesy of a raffle. The bikes were purchased from Wal-Mart.
“Despite the rain we had a good turnout,” said Gary Laureti, manager of the housing department. “The goal of the event is to keep these children safe and to show them they can have fun while properly riding their bicycle. Each bicycle that is given to the children is inspected for a proper fit and registered with the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department.”
The annual event is sponsored by the Oneida Nation Police, Housing and Health departments. Among those in attendance were Oneida Nation Officer Tim Boehlert, Renee Clarke and Maureen Ray from Housing, and Natalie Legler from Health.
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