Pedal power in Sandusky

Police purchase equipment for bicycle rodeo
Andy Ouriel
Apr 23, 2014

 

Pedal power’s rapidly progressing in Sandusky.

From a $28,000 state grant, Sandusky police commanders recently purchased a bunch of bicycle goodies — including helmets, locks, two-wheeled-themed T-shirts and even a pair of bikes — from A+B Hobbies & Cycles and Route 61 Screen Printing.

Officers plan on distributing the equipment and supplies to children enrolled in Sandusky Schools at special upcoming functions promoting bike riding and safety, including a bicycle rodeo scheduled for June 14.

“There are a lot of kids biking to and from school, and it’s a big activity, especially in the summertime,” Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said. “We are trying to make the kids aware about being safe and staying protected when riding”

About a year ago, former city commissioner Diedre Cole spearheaded a citywide effort to land state money.

Coined Safe Routes to Schools, the initiative strives to enhance or create pedestrian pathways, like sidewalks or bike trails, aimed for enhancing safety. While Sandusky didn’t receive any money for pathways, city officials did obtain some state funds for bicycle safety. “That’s $28,000 we didn’t have before,” Cole said.

Biking bits
A few months ago, Sandusky officials obtained a $28,000 grant to purchase bicycle equipment for children in the city’s school district.

After recently purchasing items from this grant, here’s what about $11,000 of this money should fetch:

•200 bicycle helmetsn 475 bicycle locks
•200 T-shirts, which people helping out in an upcoming bicycle rodeo can receive as well.
•Two bicycles 

 
A large chunk of these items will be given out at a Sandusky policesponsored bicycle rodeo, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the Zion Lutheran Church on Columbus Avenue and East Jefferson Street.

Officials reserved the remaining $17,000 to pay for extra shifts so police officers can patrol areas and regulate bicycle safety in and around schools during arrival and dismissal times.

Source: Sandusky police