Community Bike Ride Unites Belleville Residents and Police
The second annual Belleville Community Bike Ride hosted by the Belleville Police Department on Saturday, May 21 was dedicated to family fun, physical fitness and promoting community pride.
Police Chief Mark Minichini said the bike ride on a sunny morning was the perfect opportunity for residents to meet and chat with Belleville Police Department officers who serve them every day.
About 100 cyclists in all – students, their parents, members of the police department and Mayor Michael Melham – gathered at Belleville High School in the morning and set off for a day of sun and fun. During the 3.6-mile ride, agents took the opportunity to chat with fellow runners about their summer vacation plans, favorite sports teams and the importance of doing well in the school.
Along with events such as the upcoming Walk to School Day, the police department says it is constantly looking for new ways to break down the barriers that sometimes exist between officers and members of the public.
“The Community Bike Ride is a great day for us to improve our visibility and demonstrate our accessibility,” Minichini said. “Being seen around town and being an integral part of this community has been an ongoing initiative of our police service since I became chief. This journey gives us another chance to get to know the residents we serve and protect.
Bikes have been a daily part of the Belleville Police Department since it revived its long-inactive bicycle unit about four years ago. The initiative appears to be popular with Belleville residents who often wave to police when patrolling the city, but it is also popular among officers.
Minichini said more than a dozen department members have completed the necessary training to participate in the bike patrol.
The community bike ride also enabled the police to provide participants with refresher courses in bicycle safety. A bike rodeo was created where officers showed young cyclists the safest ways to corner, make turns and other maneuvers. All participants received bike lights and water bottles.
“Our police department is doing a tremendous job keeping us safe,” Melham said. “They’re also a great community partner, and an event like the Community Bike Ride is a great example of their involvement here.”
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