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Safety First For Bike Rodeo - Kids Learn Bicycling Basics
Riverbank Traffic Safety Officer Gary Vernon guides a bike rider just starting out on the Safety Course laid out on Sixth Street, next to the Teen Center, at the recent Farmers Market. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank Police hosted a safety fair with a different flair this past week, helping youngsters learn the rules of the road on their bicycles.

Traffic Safety Officer Gary Vernon and other Riverbank police personnel, including Safety Officer Patrick McCulloch, guided young bicyclists along a specially designed Safety Course laid out on Sixth Street, next to the Riverbank Teen Center. Youngsters went down one side of the street, looped around and back up the other side, navigating an obstacle course, observing stop signs and other traffic hazards.

In addition to the bicycle rodeo, the July 2 Farmers Market also featured health and safety information for the whole family and a face painting station. Other activities included a bean bag toss by the Riverbank Federated Women’s Club and a coin toss sponsored by the Riverbank Recreation and Parks Department.

Three new bicycles were given away as well, children who completed the safety course were eligible for the prize drawing and Police Chief Erin Kiely and Police Services Officer Martha Perez were on hand to present the bikes to the lucky winners.

As darkness fell on the July 2 gathering, the crowd settled down to a ‘Family Film Night’ at the Community Center Park. The film was “Frozen,” an animated Disney blockbuster. It was sponsored by Browman Development Company, the builders and managers of Crossroads Shopping Center, and presented by the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce. The film was projected on the east side of the Community Center while viewers made themselves comfortable with blankets and lawn chairs on the grass.

The weekly Farmers Market is sponsored by the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce, every Wednesday evening this summer.