The Wilson Community Youth Organization held a bike-a-thon on May 28 in observance of Bicycle Safety Month.
Debra Thomas, director of the youth organization, said her goal was to reiterate the importance of knowing and practicing bicycle safety while riding.
About 20 students attended the event that began with Wilson Mayor Marilyn Broadway thanking everyone who attended and donated bicycle helmets to the youth.
The Rev. Mark Gregoire, pastor of First Baptist Church of Wilson and chaplain of the Louisiana chapter of the Blue Iron Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club — whose goal is to promote safety while riding — spoke about the significance of practicing bike safety on public streets.
Gregoire and Blue Iron Vice President Robert Redmond, also a West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputy, assisted in blocking the roads for the young riders during the event.
Landen Miller, of the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Enforcement Division, cautioned the children on what to look out for when riding bicycles, urging them to never ride alone.
“No matter the distance, it is always important to travel in a group to be safe,” said Miller, who also spoke about drug awareness and the consequences of abusing drugs.
“We, as parents, want what’s best for all children, and we put on programs like these not only to help educate youth but to educate the adults as well,” Wilson Alderwoman Yvonne Allen said.