TCAG staff helped support a local Cub-Scouts bike rodeo in the City of Tulare on May 20th. The event featured obstacle courses for children, a helmet safety demonstration, and a “Slow race,” where kids try to ride their bike as slow as possible in a straight line without letting their feet touch the ground. Whoever gets there last wins! The Tulare City Police Department also showed up to educate children about how to ride safely. Helmets were offered by TCAG which were obtained by a grant to children who needed one.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 24th in Tulare County for the Betty Drive interchange. When the project is complete, commuters in the area will have a smoother and safer experience entering/exiting State Route 99. “This project would not have happened without the vital funding that Measure R is providing,” said Caltrans District 6 Director Sharri Bender Ehlert. “Investments like Measure R are what get local improvement projects to the construction stage, providing important highway improvements, enhancing mobility, and improving safety across the Central Valley.”
Safety is #1 because you only get one body. At Porterville’s PD’s event at the Walmart parking lot in Porterville, CA, in partnership with Step-Up which helps mentor kids and teens, TCAG helped put on a great bike rodeo. It included an obstacle course, a safety demonstration, brake demonstration, and a watermelon smashing with and without a helmet, with great interaction between law enforcement and the public. The prime message we got out for the day was wear your helmet, wear it properly, get your brakes fixed and installed, ride with traffic and not against, and follow the law. TCAG would like to remind everyone that biking is free exercise, great for your heart, and for the environment! Thanks to all the other booths who showed up and helped sponsor the event, including Step-Up, Walmart, the Girl Scouts, Casa, the Tulare County Sheriff, and Family Care Network.