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Kids turn out for fun times – and free tune-ups – at Bike Rodeo


July 15, 2020

Joseph Thornton, 7, celebrates a victory against his brother Will Thornton, 5, (behind Joseph) in the How Slow Can You Go race during Sweet Home Police Department's Bike Rodeo Friday afternoon, July 10. That's Santiam Spokes cycling club member Ken Bronson on the right. For all photos, see our photo gallery:

When the Sweet Home Police Department had to cancel the annual Jim Bean Public Safety Fair in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, that created a problem: How to distribute bike helmets that had been donated for local children's use.

Partially to solve this issue, the SHPD hosted the city's first Bicycle Rodeo event Friday afternoon, July 10.

However, the main goal of the Bicycle Rodeo, Community Services Officer Sean Morgan said, was "to help keep kids safe and help teach them to be safe when riding out in the community." Not having the Public Safety Fair this year had left a gap in this k...

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