by: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF MILWAUKIE - Rowe Middle School students join police officers, left to right, Billy Wells, Bob Jordan and Ken SimacFifty Milwaukie schoolchildren from four of the city’s elementary schools and Rowe Middle School received refurbished bicycles on May 23 as part of the Milwaukie Police Department’s Bike Giveaway program.

Chief Bob Jordan, Officer Billy Wells and Cadet Ken Simac visited Ardenwald Elementary, Milwaukie Elementary, Linwood Elementary and Lewelling Elementary and presented bikes to students who had been selected by school staff.

Milwaukie and TriMet police collect unclaimed bikes over a period of months. The abandoned bicycles are taken to Eric Deady, owner of the Bike Commuter located at Southeast 13th Avenue and Umatilla Street in Sellwood, for touch-ups and tune-ups before they are given to the kids. The Milwaukie Public Safety Advisory Committee promoted the event, and the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation donated funding for this year’s effort.

Clackamas Fire District No. 1 also donated 50 bicycle helmets. Each student was individually fitted for their bike and a properly sized helmet.

This is the second year the Milwaukie Police Department has given bikes to local kids, and Wells says the Department plans on doing it again next year.

“What I enjoy most about the program is seeing the child who gets his or her first-ever bicycle and knowing that they will have a chance to be a kid and enjoy the pleasure of riding their bikes,” Wells said.

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