POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 2:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:06pm
Donation to Purchase Bicycle HelmetsThe Tyler Police Department has received a $1000 donation from Wal-Mart #1022 at 3820 Hwy 64 West and a $500 donation from the Tyler Bicycle Club. The donations are to purchase 325 bicycle helmets distributed to children who do not have a helmet that participate in our bike rodeos and safety presentations.
Bicycle rodeos for the age groups between 4-13 years old are conducted regularly throughout the year. Most bike rodeos begin with a parent registration and safety check for both the rider and the bicycle. The safety check for the rider involves inspection of the helmet and bicycle fit. Officers perform a quick-check for proper air in the tires, check to see that the brakes work properly and check that the chains are on properly. There is a short lecture on bicycle safety and information benefiting children's knowledge of bicycle riding etiquette. Each rodeo has some type of a road course which is usually the most popular part of the event.
Tyler PD has had a full-time bicycle unit since 1992. Currently, the unit consists of 6 officers and 1 supervisor whose primary focus is narcotics enforcement in high crime areas, burglary prevention, surveillance assignments and safety education. The bicycle unit is also utilized for crowd control at special events and parades.