The Papillion Police Department wants to educate people on the rules of the road when it comes to bicycle safety.

PPD is hosting a Bike Safety Rodeo from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on June 23 in the Papillion Parks Department parking lot, 305 E. Lincoln St.

Off. Frank Matyja, the head of the department's bike patrol division, said this is the first rodeo the department has done on its own.

"Chief (Scott Lyons) approached me and asked if we could put something together and try and get as many people engaged as possible," Matyja said. "An event like this can help kids realize when they're on the road, they need to be paying attention."

The event will feature a lecture on bike safety and rules along with a cone course and other stations to help riders get comfortable with their bikes.

Their will also be three bicycles raffled off, two from an officer within the department and another from Ortho Nebraska. Pay it Forward Papillion will also be providing free helmets to those who don't have a helmet or have an expired helmet. TREK Bicycle will have mechanics on site to check tires, brakes and chains.

Raffle tickets are free for the bike giveaway and will be available at the PPD booth in City Park, Washington and Lincoln streets, during Papillion Days. Raffle tickets can also be filled out the morning of the event.

Matyja said bicyclists of all ages are welcome to attend and there is no registration necessary. He said that being aware of bike safety and rules of the road are critical for any rider.

"I think people tend to think you're like a pedestrian and that you have the right-of-way," he said. "And while that is true, you need to know the rules of the road when operating a bicycle. It's important for you to pay attention because you are in charge of your own safety.”

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