Officer Lynn Childers began the "Pedal Power" program in late 2017 quite organically, when she saw a need and asked the community and CPF for help in meeting that need. Her mission is to “link cops and kids together” through a neighborhood bike program. Here's the story in her own words:
"This summer (2017) when the large boxes of kids bike helmets showed up at PD, I took some over to Riverside Ave, as I always see kids there on bikes with no helmets. As I started giving them out, I noticed the poor condition of some of the bikes and started to make some simple repairs. It quickly became apparent that some of these bikes were in such bad condition they were actually dangerous to be riding.
Being the avid cyclist that I am, I knew if I reached out to the cycling community I would be able to get some donated bikes for these kids. So I started making contacts and the bikes have been rolling in! I set a goal to get a bike for every kid on Riverside Ave that wants one. The kids have been lining up for new bikes, and I have a pretty big wish list. This has developed into a little “bike club” and we meet every Tuesday afternoon to work on bike riding skills and have contests etc. It’s super exciting to me to see these kids having fun with a police officer and we all look forward to it every week."
After this terrific start, Officer Childers organized a Bike Festival in April 2017 complete with games, races, skill challenges, food, and prizes. The CPF helped sponsor the bike festival and purchased bikes for Officer Childers to distribute to children in the community. We can't wait to see where the program speeds off to next!