S’thorne PD to give away bikes | SummitDaily.com

S’thorne PD to give away bikes

SILVERTHORNE – A well-written essay will earn 10 Silverthorne kids new bikes this summer.

As part of its Safe Summer Kickoff, the Silverthorne Police Department will give away 10 bicycles, 50 bike helmets, 50 bike locks and 50 bike safety lights. To win the gear, any child who lives in Summit County can pick up an essay application from the Silverthorne Police Department. Applications are available in English and Spanish. The deadline is 5 p.m. May 14. Officers will select the 10 best essays and notify the winners by telephone.

“I looked at the community and found a need for bikes for kids in Silverthorne,” said Silverthorne Sgt. Mark Hanschmidt. “We have always had problems with chronic bike thefts in town during the summer months. Last year, we educated and gave bikes, helmets and locks to about 95 kids. To our surprise, bike theft and youth injuries are way down and have almost stopped.”

The bikes and accessories will be given out at the police department’s Safe Summer Kickoff event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

This year, in addition to the bike gear, the police department will give away 100 water bottles, 75 skateboard helmets and 500 gun locks. Officers will also give away 50 car seats; in August, a new Colorado law will require all children less than 55 inches tall to be in a safety seat when riding in a car.

The safety event also will feature displays and activities with local fire departments, the Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies, Summit County Ambulance, Search and Rescue, Dive Rescue, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Flight for Life, the American Red Cross and more.

Children will be able to participate in a bike rodeo to learn the rules of the road, decorate bike helmets and have them properly fitted and eat free barbecue.

The event is made possible by donations from Wal-Mart, Summit Medical Center, Safe Kids Foundation, Summit County Rotary and Colorado State Patrol.

For more information, call the Silverthorne Police Department at (970) 262-7320.

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