June was National Safety Month.

With that in mind, Walmart and the Douglas Police Department hosted a Bicycle Safety event on Saturday, June 29 at Walmart on Fifth Street.

The DPD handed out free bicycle helmets, inspected bikes that were at the event and took participants on an obstacle ride while instructing them on the safety of night riding and rules of the road.

Walmart gave out free lights that were able to be attached to the bikes. They also handed out free water, Powerade, and snack cakes.

DPD Public Information Officer Jamilette Barrios said they were approached by Walmart about taking part in the event and were happy to do so.

“I think it’s very important we have these kinds of events,” she said. “Today we were able to teach them about the ABC’s of bicycling which stands for air; brakes (front and back) and chain and crank. We suggest they check these things before they get on any bike.”

The DPD had been granted funding back in October 2018, which was for the purchase of helmets and overtime pay for education, safety and enforcement of bicyclists in the community.

Richard Yanez, the project manager for Walmart, said he was happy Walmart was able to host an event like this and added he felt the kids had fun.

Walmart will host a Teacher Appreciation event this Saturday, July 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be cake, ice cream, cold drinks, photobooths, and goodie bags galore. The first 300 teachers at every store will receive a goodie bag with treats from Crayola, 3M, Bic, Fiskars and more. Please bring your teacher ID or email address.

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