Thursday marked the annual LCSW-LPD Bike and Pedestrian Safety Event in Lakewood, NJ. Town Square was once again transformed as thousands of children and adults came to register their bikes, learn safety and enjoy all of the various giveaways and hands on activities offered at the tents along the Square’s perimeter.
A long time downtown business owner commented, “This is what downtown should look like all the time, action, happening, the place where people want to spend their time.”
As the event opened at 4:00pm, a sizeable crowd waited to be of the first attendees. All throughout the afternoon, droves of kids and families came to avail themselves of all that the event offered.
The main focus of the event, namely bike registration, took place at the Bike Registration tent where numerous Traffic and Safety officers and LCSW members worked together to enter bikes into the bike registry, quickly and efficiently. Other tents boasted interactive activities for the kids, fun giveaways, such as ices, helium balloons, safety giveaways, such as bike lights and reflector belts. Hundreds of bikes were outfitted with heavy duty reflective tape, many children had their helmets, tire pressure, and brake functionality checked to ensure their safe riding. Reflective camp bags were offered with airbrushing making them safe and fun all in one (those bags are still available through the LCSW office).
The exciting program included important safety statements by LPD Chief Robert Lawson, Captain Tommy Langenberger, Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy, Mr. Harry Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Law Firm the Event Partner. Two safety themed bike shows by the renowned FreeCycle group were a beautiful closing to this memorable day and have the entire community waiting for next year’s Bike & Pedestrian Safety Event.
LCSW would like to thank all of its members for the hard work to ensure the success of the event, and all of the event sponsors who have make this event a possibility.
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