The Waukee Police Department is ramping up its efforts to teach kids about bike safety. The Department hosted the first annual Bike With Cops event at the Waukee Public Safety Building on Saturday, May 26.
During the event, Waukee Police Sergeant Mackenzie Sposeto and Officer Kelli Cichoski talked to the kids, between the ages of 8-12, about various ways to stay safe on their bikes and ways to keep their bikes safe at home. The kids were then led on a 2-mile bike ride around town and had lunch with the police officers afterwards.
“It was something we wanted to get involved with the community,” Cichoski said. “Get the kids out, talk about bike safety. With the Waukee Police Department, we do have a bike patrol, so kind of get our bike patrol active with some of the kids out in the community and get everyone together for a nice little bike ride.”
Representatives from Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines were on hand to provide helmets to kids who did not have one and were able to get them sized for the kids.
The event had 22 kids sign up in the first year. Sposeto hopes that the event will get bigger next year.
“We got a lot of thank yous, and when I sent out the mass text and email, I got so many [people that said] ‘my kids are really excited,’ ‘thank you so much for doing this,’” Sposeto said.
Sposeto said that the Waukee Police Department will be hosting an event called “Fitness With Cops” at Waukee Stadium in the fall. That event will allow middle school-aged kids to do some workouts with police officers.