To help improve community relations, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department will host a bike rodeo this Saturday, and everyone in Washtenaw County is invited.
The free event will offer safety tips, bike inspections, and skills training for all ages.
Road Patrol Officer Andrea Elliott says to bring your bike with you because you will have the opportunity to participate in obstacle courses.
"It's very important for especially children, to feel that we are safe people to come to in times of need. Just to chat and joke around or especially when they are in danger," said Officer Elliott.
EMU police officers will be more visible in the community after six additional officers received bike patrol training earlier this summer. That brings their total bike patrol unit to 13 officers.
Sgt. Joseph Torres says the rodeo will include obstacle courses and free food.
"We're going to have area bicycle shops who are donating their mechanics to come in and just do a safety check. And check tires and some other things on the bike to make sure everyone is good to go," said Sgt. Torres.
The rodeo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the EMU Convocation Center.
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