By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Ronald Reagan Elementary School families set off with excited cries during their first annual Family Bike Ride on Sunday at Reaves Park.
The ride is part of the PTA’s Fitness, Arts, Literacy and Learning (FALL) campaign which hosts free events focusing on the four elements, said Breea Clark, FALL committee member. This event was designed to get families outdoors while also emphasizing bike safety.
“I think it’s great,” said Ron Berry, a Reagan Elementary parent. “All the kids can come out together and see each other outside of school.”
The Norman and University of Oklahoma police gave bike safety tips before kicking off the event Sunday. Officers also lead and followed the families on their bike courses and helped with traffic to make the event as safe as possible.
“We’re going to try to assist and make sure everybody gets across the roadways safely,” said Norman officer Thomas Zermeno.
Zermeno talked to the group about properly wearing helmets, making sure it is two finger lengths above their eyes and fitting two fingers below their chin strap.
“You want to protect your noggins,” Zermeno said. “I like you guys that are wearing your elbow pads and knee pads, that’s like you guys are preppin to wreck.”
In case of a bike wreck, he advised cyclists to pull over to the side of the road, get onto the sidewalk and ask an officer for help.
“I want you guys to have a safe, real fun time today,” he said.
The ride began at Reaves Park and included a one-mile beginner course and an advanced two-mile course through the University of Oklahoma south campus.
Many local businesses helped sponsor the event donating money, helmets and prizes for a raffle. One lucky raffle winner went home with a new bike.