Bike rodeo on tap in Cranberry Township

July 11, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — A different kind of rodeo is coming to the township next week.

Decked out in freshly inspected helmets, children are invited to ride their bikes and scooters at the annual Cranberry Township Bike Rodeo. The event — which is held by the township police department in conjunction with the Cranberry Elks, AAA, Cranberry Township EMS and Trek of Pittsburgh — has been a community staple for a number of years, according to police Sgt. William Ahlgren. This year, it's scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 near the Kids Castle Playground in Community Park on Ernie Mashuda Drive.

According to Ahlgren, the goal is to get children acclimated to bicycle safety and the bikes themselves. The event begins with an inspection of bike helmets to ensure they fit properly. Ahlgren said children tend to grow out of helmets quickly, or the helmets are no longer usable.

“In the worst case scenario, if it no longer fits or is damaged, we try to replace that,” he said.

Representatives from Cranberry Township EMS will be on-hand to go over hand signals to be used while riding. Mechanical inspections of the bikes will also be performed to make sure tires and brakes are in good shape and the bike is in alignment.

“We want to make sure they're not riding a bike that is too big or too small,” Ahlgren said.

The main event of the day is the bike course on which children can practice their skills. Ahlgren said attendees are able to go through the course as many times as they wish.

The event will also feature giveaways, including a $250 gift card to Trek of Pittsburgh.

Ahlgren said in the past more than 50 children have attended the event, although stormy summer weather can affect those numbers.

“It's just a good day,” he said of the event.

For more information, call 724-776-5180.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.