The Community Services Section of the Santa Cruz Police Department and the City of Santa Cruz Finance Department worked together to develop a pilot program where we will issue free bicycle licenses to elementary school students. We will have planned events where we issue the free licenses to children who ride bikes to school during a bike to school or bicycle safety type event on campus. Our initial goal is to conduct at least one outreach event at each of the four main elementary schools within the City during the 2012-2013 school year.
The first of such events occurred yesterday at Delaveaga Elementary School to coincide with the city wide Bike to School/Work program. As a result of this event 40 students received free bicycle licenses.
This program is designed to not only assist bike owners in recovering their bicycles in the event they are ever lost or stolen but also to promote and encourage kids to live healthy lifestyles and seek alternative modes of transportation.
SCPD Volunteers, working in the Community Services section, donated time to do the data entry for the licenses.
Contact Sgt. Mike Harms, head of Community Services, at 420.5873