When our kids turn 16 we freak out — load up on driving lessons, take them out to empty mall parking lots on Sunday mornings, give countless lectures about keeping their hands at “10” and “2” and being vigilant on the roads.
However, when they are 4 or 5 or 6-years-old and the training wheels come off their bikes, the push for safety isn’t quite as frantic. It should be; particularly in the city where bicycles and cars share the same roads and even the quaint residential streets are heavily traveled.
On Sunday September 15 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Lowell Police Department, in partnership with Kiwanis International and Lowell General Hospital, is holding a Back to School Bicycle Safety Rodeo in the Target parking lot at 181 Plain St.
There will be refreshments, a helmet fitting station, safety tips and an obstacle course. Bring your bike and finish the safety course for a chance to win a new bicycle!