From running bike rodeos and education programs to helping to determine the safest biking routes to school, local police have had a lot to offer.
In Medford Lakes and Linwood, parents have also proven to be an important asset. Chief Martine has worked with the parents in the Medford Lakes Home and School Association to organize and run many successful bike safety events. In Linwood, Principal Speirs works with skilled parent volunteers to provide free bike tune-ups and to fix minor problems at the annual bike rodeo.
Seeking the help of outside groups and organizations can also prove beneficial. In Wharton and Medford Lakes, local bicycle vendors have become excellent partners in various bike safety and bike promotion events. Bitondo said that Wharton has also received assistance in the past from its local Safe Kids [http://www.usa.safekids.org/state
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Recognizing Opportunity within Your Community
To effectively promote biking to school, you must recognize the unique opportunities that your community presents. Turner and Grimmer report that biking to school has not been a hard sell in Fair Haven