There won’t be horses or cowboys, but the annual Bike Rodeo at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is sure to be a good time for families and kids of all ages. Head down to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on Saturday, August 3 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join in on the fun. It’s free and open to the public.
What’s a bike rodeo?
It’s an opportunity, hosted by the EMU Police Department, for kids to have fun while learning about bike safety. This is the second annual Bike Rodeo. Last year EMUPD gave away over forty free helmets, and they’re hoping to give away even more this year! EMU and the surrounding area are very bike friendly and this event brings resources and information to the community, while introducing citizens to their police force.
EMUPD, An Ambulance Team, K9 Units, and more!
Members of EMUPD will be on hand to talk about safety and the rules of the road. The EMU Police Department, in addition to more traditional patrol modes, currently has a special team of eleven officers who patrol campus and the surrounding areas on police bicycles. Bike patrol has many advantages, said Patrol Operations Sergeant, Joseph Torres. “Bike Patrol gives us the advantage of responding quickly to areas where a traditional patrol car sometimes cannot easily reach and a higher vantage point when traveling through parking lots and crowds of people. It also makes it easier for our officers to have direct face to face contact with the community while out on patrol,” he said.
At the Bike Rodeo, families will have an opportunity to meet many of the units that help keep their community safe, including the horse police unit and the Huron Valley ambulance team. There will also be multiple K9 units on sight and appearances from the admissions and athletic departments of EMU. The university has partnered with many local businesses and organizations to bring free swag to the event, for kids and families. There will be food trucks and the first 180 people will receive a free meal.
What Should I Bring?
Bring your bike (and your helmet!) to this event, because there will be free bike checks by local bike mechanics and helmet fittings. Kids will also have the opportunity to ride on a special bike obstacle course and test their biking skills, so pack a sense of adventure, too!
The goal of the event is to get more people biking, and biking safely. “We at EMU have decided to bring this event to our campus to spotlight all the great support for bicycles in our community and make sure everyone is riding safely and has a great time,” said Torres.
Saturday, August 3, 10am-2pm
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti.
emich.edu | Free