Hiram police are encouraging area youth to have a safe and healthy summer by promoting bicycle safety and outdoor recreation this summer. To start, nearly 50 young bicycle riders took part in the Hiram Police Department's annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo for children on July 4.
Interim Police Chief Sgt. Brian Gregory said 48 participants were taught the correct use of hand signals, proper bicycle helmet fitting and use and general safe practices to observe while riding a bicycle.
All participants received bicycle safety information, a coupon from Gionino's Pizza in Hiram and prizes for participation in the safety rodeo. Two children also received new BMX bicycles, Gregory said. "We recognize the need for extreme safe habit practices when kids ride bicycles," he said.
Participants also were given the chance to display the safety tips they learned by working their way through a course that offered agility and concentration stations, Gregory said
"We want to assure that we do all that we can to in order to bring about a safe environment when children are riding their bicycles," he said. "All too often kids are injured, sometimes severely, when they are riding their bicycle and they crash. The use of a bicycle helmet is imperative when children are riding a bike". Children and teens also are encouraged to use the recently re-surfaced tennis courts and disc/Frisbee golf course behind the Martin Fieldhouse at Hiram College, Gregory said.
Additionally, two full-sized outdoor basketball courts can be found in Jagow Park behind the Rosser Municipal Building, and basketballs are available to borrow from the back porch of the police station, he said.
"Please have a safe summer, watch for children crossing roadways and be sure you remember to stay hydrated when outdoors," Gregory said.