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Bike Rodeo to offer safety tips, raffle for bikes

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    North Eaton Christian Church Pastor David Chafin, left, Bike Rodeo coordinator Robin Galvin, Elyria Walmart manager Tim Pickett and Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. David Francway pose for a photo at Walmart during the company’s donation of $1,000 that will be used to buy bicycles to be given away at this year’s Bike Rodeo.

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EATON TWP. — Young riders, get set: The second annual Bike Rodeo safety skills clinic May 11 will teach Lorain County children the basics of bike safety and give them a chance to win a new bicycle.

The rodeo will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at North Eaton Christian Church, 35895 Royalton Road. There will be free parking at Eaton Township Hall at state routes 82 and 83.

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate. A minimum of 10 new bicycles will be raffled off — one about every 20 minutes. The bikes will be purchased with $1,000 from Walmart that was obtained through a grant application made by Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. David Francway.

Free bike helmets, provided by MetroHealth Trauma Unit, will be given out while supplies last. Four local bike shops also are participating, and Oberlin police have donated several bicycles for rodeo participants to use if they do not have one of their own, event coordinator Robin Galvin said.

More than 50 volunteers helped about 30 children during last year’s Bike Rodeo. Galvin said she hopes to have more participants this year.

County residents are encouraged to bring their helmets and bikes to the rodeo for a safety inspection by Swerve Bike Shop and to learn safety skills provided by troopers from the Elyria Post; Avon Lake, Elyria, LaGrange and Oberlin police; the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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