Successful bike rodeo event held Saturday

Story from Nevada PDPhotos by Trinity Barker
Successful bike rodeo event held Saturday

This past Saturday the Nevada Public Safety Department (NPSD) held several events. The first was a bike sale. There were 70 bikes at the start of the day, 48 were sold, and the remainders were turned over to Dick Atwell, who has been involved with Working Bikes for a number of years. Working bikes is a nonprofit based in Chicago that ships used bikes to people in need throughout Africa and Latin America.

As the bike sale was in progress, a bike rodeo was taking place. During the rodeo, Skunk River Cycles from Ames was doing minor repairs on bikes free of charge. The Nevada Jaycees provided free registration for bikes. Twenty-five bikes were registered.

The NPSD gave away bike helmets to children who did not have one. Kelly Kemp, with Farmers Insurance, took pictures for the Milk Program, an children’s identity program.

In the afternoon, work was done on pet licensing. This past year, the city of Nevada enacted a pet licensing requirement for all pet owners. Registration fees will be waived if pets are registered before July 1 of this year. Seventy-six pets were registered on Saturday. To date, a total of 120 have been registered under the program.

Director of Public Safety Ricardo Martinez is happy that the pet licensing has already had its first success story. One pet registered on Saturday was found wandering the following day. Within a short period, the pet and owner were reunited.

NPSD thanks the community for taking part in a great event. Additionally, the NPSD thanks the following participants for helping make the event successful: Skunk River Cycles, Nevada Jaycees, Nevada Fire Department, Story County Sheriff’s Office, Story County Medical Center Ambulance Service and Farmers Insurance.