The Inaugural Bike Rodeo and Bicycle Check event was cohosted by councilman O’Connor, assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo, congressman Andrew Garbarino, the Central Islip Public Library, along with …
The Inaugural Bike Rodeo and Bicycle Check event was cohosted by councilman O’Connor, assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo, congressman Andrew Garbarino, the Central Islip Public Library, along with state and local law enforcement agencies on July 10.
“This event truly had a community-driven energy to it,” said O’Connor. “The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted so many of us, in so many ways. I am continuously amazed by the generosity and sense of philanthropy that has echoed through the different communities here in the Town of Islip.”
The New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, and Suffolk County Police Department (3rd Precinct) made this event a success with interactive bicycle obstacle courses, live K9 demos, and free giveaways. Vendors such as Trek Bicycle also conducted free bicycle and helmet safety checks on site.
The East Islip Chamber of Commerce continued their giveback efforts to the entire Town of Islip community by generously donating two boys’ bikes, two girls’ bikes, along with 11 safety helmets as free raffle prizes. The Anchor Church of East Islip also donated two bicycles as free raffle prizes.
“This is what I love. This is what motivates me,” O’Connor added. “Bringing community partners such as the dedicated women and men in law enforcement, libraries, small businesses, nonprofits, and town residents safely back together, as we push to move forward since the height of the pandemic.”
“Whether you are riding a bike down a street or along one of the town’s picturesque parks or beaches, I urge all residents to check your equipment, always wear a bicycle helmet, and follow the rules of the road,” he continued.