Community Partnerships Equal Big Impact for Safer Cycling
Velo Fest Community Initiative, St. Johns County Sheriff Office and St. Johns County Library, with financial support from the Barbara A Kay Foundation and Flagler Hospital, are proud to be bringing back the “Bicycle Rodeo” to St. Johns County. Over the next month, the community will have three events to learn more about bicycle skills, get a free helmet, and maybe a free popsicle.
Velo Fest Founder Heather Neville, and St. Johns County Deputy Sheriff Tim Robertson, shared the desire to schedule bike rodeos with helmet fittings. This came after the Sheriff’s Department was awarded a new bicycle trailer and attended training in December to learn how to properly fit helmets and teach bicycle skills. St. Johns County Librarian Harold George had also been working on creating bike friendly events at the several county community centers. There are now three free to the public events and two elementary school field days all focused on getting families on a bike with the proper skills and equipment thanks to a grant from the Barbara A. Kay Foundation, a large donation from Flagler Hospital, and coordination from Velo Fest Community Initiative. The events will offer nearly 800 free helmets thanks to Flagler Hospital and Velo Fest Community Initiative. Additional partners include St. Augustine Beach Police Department, St. Johns County School Crossing Guards, and St. Johns County Public School.
Local business, Sprockets Bicycle Shop, will be offering quick clinics on the “A.B.C’s of bike readiness” The Hyppo Food Truck will be giving a free popsicle to anyone who brings their own helmet from home to be fitted during the April 18 event, “Bikes & Books,” at the Southeast Branch Library. The events will consist of helmet fittings and the importance of wearing one, bicycle-handling skill stations, “how to” stations, and general fun. Please see the list of events below and please try to make it out to one of the 3 events. If you would like to volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Saturday April 11, 2015 9:00am-12:00pm St. Augustine Beach Police Department, Contact Off. Martinez
Helmet fittings, general bicycle information
-Saturday April 18, 2015 10:00am-2:00pm “Bikes & Books” Southeast Branch Library, Contact Harold George
10:00a Bike Rodeo Stations, kids bikes available to practice skills
10:00a-2:00p Helmet fittings, bring your own for a treat from Hyppo
10:30a & 12:30p AM Bicycle Maintenance “ABC’s” from Sprockets Bicycle Shop
Saturday May 9, 2015 11:00am – 1:00pm Velo Fest Bike Rodeo Vilano Pier , Contact Heather Neville
Bicycle Rodeo, free helmets, bike races, free kids bike race, velofestfestival.org