EMU Police Department to host annual Bike Rodeo event on Aug. 1

By Mark Morgan / EMU

YPSILANTI – On Saturday, August 1, the Eastern Michigan University Police Department, along with Gene Butman Ford, will host its free and open to the annual public bike safety Bike Rodeo event. The Bike Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gene Butman Ford, located at 2105 Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti.

“The annual Bike Rodeo serves to bring information and resources to the community about safe biking,” said Sergeant Joseph Torres of the EMU Police Department. “This year’s event will be a little different as we take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our attendees, but we felt it was still important to offer the community this resource for ensuring bike safety, particularly as so many families are doing extra bike riding lately.”

The event will include free bike safety checks (mechanical check and helmet fitting information), free giveaways and SWAG, free food and drinks, a fun obstacle course to ride on, and more.

Eastern Michigan police officers will also be on-site to give safety talks and discuss the rules of the road. ­­Social distancing will be in effect, and masks and sanitizer will be provided for attendees.

For more information, visit www.emich.edu/police, the Bike Rodeo Facebook event page, or contact Officer Torres at jtorresi@emich.edu.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website.