For this year’s Florida Bike Month, the Kenneth City Police Department wanted to do more than simply give bikes away, says Community Policing Officer Brittani Berg. On Wednesday, March 15, the police department held its second “Biking with a Badge” event. “We want to encourage that sense of fun and accomplishment that comes with group exercise and also be a part of it!” says Berg. “As a Community Policing Officer, one of my goals is to build bonds of trust with residents of all ages, and one of the best ways to do this is for me to be on my bike, too, and for us all to cycle together.”
“Biking with a Badge” supports healthy activities for local kids and is family friendly, so parents can come participate with their kids. Officer Berg says the goal of the event is to actively enhance the quality of life in the Kenneth City community. During the event, riders cycle through the town and take in the sights and sounds of their neighborhoods. “This way, we increase civic pride by simply enjoying our community, giving friendly waves to residents working in their yards after work, and taking a refreshment stop at a local business,” says Berg.
Before the ride, police officers made sure everyone had a helmet and answered questions about bicycling and the rules of the road. “It’s a great way to get some solid bike safety knowledge out there in a relaxed, fun atmosphere,” says Berg. At the end of the event a raffle was held. Wanda Dudley, the Kenneth City Mayor, drew the tickets and announced the winners, who received free bicycles for their children.
Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Outreach Coordinator Brentin Mosher was also in attendance. “It’s really amazing to see not just the police, but the local town staff, families with their kids and other cyclists from neighboring towns all turning out to support Kenneth City by riding in this event.”
Berg commented on the value of the bringing law enforcement and citizens together to enhance public safety and health. “I rely on Biking with a Badge and other programs the department has to allow me to interact more meaningfully with residents, and to truly participate in the life of our community.”