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St. John Bike Rodeo Teaches Kids About Bicycle Safety


CRUZ BAY – The St. John Bike Rodeo 201 will demonstrate bike safety to the children of St. John through the Community Integration Team (CIT) a week from today at the Julius E. Sprauve Elementary School ballfield from 9 to 11 a.m.

The purpose of the Bike Safety Rodeo is to ensure that children prepare themselves for the new school year on St. John, become aware of their responsibility as owners of bicycles, bicycle operation, bike safety and maintenance.

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be in attendance and will be registering and licensing bicycles for just $15.00. The St. Thomas/St. John Weed and Seed will be there, as they’re supplying bike helmets, bike safety tips, back-to-school Supplies and a special appearance by McGruff – the Crime Dog! Of course, members of the Virgin Islands Police Department – St. John will in tow and will conduct the Bike Safety Obstacle Course.

The St. John CIT has been an active advocate for crime prevention, public safety and efficient government services since 2009 and operates as the official civilian arm of the VIPD.
The group meets monthly in the Battery, located in Cruz Bay and is joined by the Darren Foy, Chief of Police of the St. Thomas/St. John District along with Arlene Chalwell, Deputy Chief of Police for St. John.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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