The third annual Bike ’n’ Trike at Arthur Stanlick School brought plenty of kids on bicycles and a few tricycles to ride with local police officers.
The event on Saturday, June 1, was part of the statewide Mayors Wellness Campaign, and mayor Eric Wilsusen used a megaphone to start the trek. The police had set two routes in different directions around part of the lake: one for bicycles and the other for tricycles or bikes with training wheels. Officers on bikes escorted both groups. Sergeant Joseph Hale said the department takes a couple of opportunities each year to emphasize bike safety.
Recreation director Grace Rhinesmith, who had a table with snacks for the riders, noted that the event is a good way to remind children of the importance of fitness and also a chance to reinforce bike safety. There will be several other Wellness Campaign events throughout the year under the direction of health educator Kristine Schaffhauser-Wilsusen, said Rhinesmith, including a health fair planned for the fall.
Rhinesmith’s daughter, Amanda, is assisting with the wellness events as part of her internship through Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Although the Bike ’n’ Trike was not a race, Aiden Kelly, 5, was very proud to be the first one back.