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WPPD to dish out bicycle helmets for area children

October 15, 2013

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

If one happens to stroll by the West Point Police Department Saturday morning, he or she might notice something amiss taking place in the parking lot for all to see.
Rest assured, it will not be a crime scene. Those typically aren’t scheduled in advance.
Take a few, maybe even 10 or 20, steps toward the gathering and lend an observational eye.
Those are bike helmets, and there’s not a single price tag on the lot of them.
Children with bikes but no helmet are the focus of a cooperative effort by both the city and WPPD.
Starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m., the WPPD plans to give away 200 bicycle helmets paid for by the Safe Routes to School grant.
The helmets are available to any children that decide to stop by.
“Children can either ride their bikes here and be fitted properly for a helmet,” said WPPD Officer Zate McGee. “Or their parents can bring them with the bicycle. That way we don’t have a lot of helmets floating around with children that don’t have bicycles.”

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