The Changes in the Parkway (CHIP) committee, in conjunction with the Saxton Borough Police Department and local businesses will be conducting a bicycle safety workshop.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the event that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Saxton Fire Hall.
This event will include bicycle safety presentations, a bicycle skills course (geared to the ability of each rider), opportunities to have bicycles inspected for safety and minor maintenance issues and group rides to Warriors Path State Park and back. There will be Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel on hand in the event of mishaps.
All riders must wear a helmet that will be checked for proper fit. There will be refreshments and prizes. Prizes will be drawn every half hour with four grand prizes of bicycles drawn at 1:45 p.m.
Event coordinator Robin Neville told The Daily News a number of individuals and area businesses have donated items for the event including the Saxton Market that donated fruit and White Jenkins, Johnson Insurance Agency that donated water. White Jenkins Johnson Insurance Agency, Saxton Borough Police Officer Logan Tornatore, Dan’s Auto Body and The Ice Box donated four bicycles including two 20-inch girls’ and boys’ bicycles and two 12-inch girls’ and boys’ bicycles.
Saxton Outdoor Supply, Joe C. Hall Concrete, Saxton Lion’s Club and Travis Chamberlain also donated 30 helmets. The Trinity United Church of Christ donated 30 helmet stickers and 30 bicycle bells.
The Saxton Lion’s Club donated diabetic testing and snacks. Cindy Baker and the Watson & Black American Legion Post 126, Broad Top City donated advertising.
Also participating are Saxton Borough Police Officer Dave Buseck and Becky Morningstar that will be distributing flyers at Tussey Mountain School District buildings, The Saxton Community Library that will be handing out bookmarks, state police at Bedford, Huntingdon County Sheriff’s Department, Saxton Boy Scout Troop #4471, Jai Hall and John & Deb Baughman.
Group bicycle rides from the fire hall to Warriors Path State Park and back will take place at 11 a.m. with Sallie Miller as lead and Tornatore, tail; noon with Todd Gates as lead and Wendy Gates, tail and 1 p.m. with Sallie Miller as lead and Tornatore, tail.
Hall encourages all area youth to turn out for the event and not only have fun, but learn bicycle safety tips that may help them in the future.
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