Springfield police to host two public safety programs for children

The programs were put on hold the last two years due to COVID-19.

Springfield police are bringing back a program that was put on hold the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bike Rodeo and Safety City programs are intended to help local children learn more about public safety as summer approaches.

“We’re excited to offer these community programs to the public once again,” Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said. “The COVID-19 pandemic put these events on hold the past two years, so we’re thrilled to have them back.”

The Bike Rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at Roosevelt Middle School, 721 E. Home Road.

The event is open to children ages 6-13 who can ride a bike without training wheels and must wear a helmet.

Officers will teach children about rider safety, bicycle laws, bike path etiquette, and take the kids through a bicycle skills course. The day will end with some ice cream treats and a presentation by the Springfield Fire Rescue Division.

The Safety City program is a five-day educational course for children ages five and six who will be attending kindergarten or first grade this August.

The classes, which will be held in June and July, are to help teach children about traffic, bike, seat belt and fire safety, along with ways to identify and avoid strangers.

“Community policing is what this organization is about: interacting with the public on another level and being proactive in our efforts to promote safety in Springfield,” Graf said. “My hat is off to the men and women who are committed to public service in this community, and to all they do to foster productive relationships in our neighborhoods.”

Both programs are free. Registration for the bike rodeo ends today. For more information or to sign up, visit springfieldohio.gov/registration.

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