Every year, there are countless injuries related to bicycle accidents. With nearly all of the community accessible by walking or biking, community leaders believe it is of utmost importance as spring approaches to focus on the safety of the community's children.

Bicycle rodeos are a means of raising community and parent awareness about bicycle related injuries, for testing bike skills, for providing an opportunity for children to learn safe bicycle techniques, and building support for proper use of safety equipment -- especially helmets.

The Newcomerstown Police Department and St. Paul Lutheran Church will sponsor a bicycle rodeo on Saturday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomersown.

Members of the Newcomerstown Police Department and St. Lutheran Church will help children learn the rules of the road.

Registration forms are available and can be picked up at the Newcomerstown Police Department, Terry's Pizza Shoppe, West School and the Newcomerstown Middle School.

The goal is to provide every child that participates with a brand new helmet so it's important you register your kids as soon as possible.

They are also collecting monetary donations to assist us with this event. Any donations for this event is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made at the Newcomerstown Police Department or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Make checks payable to: Chief Gary Holland.

For questions, call the Newcomerstown Police Department at 498-6161.