Philly students surprised with new bikes after completing bicycle safety program

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Students from three North Philadelphia schools got a surprise that made their summer during a special ceremony at Temple University marking the completion of a bike safety program in their schools.

With the approach of summer vacation, it was the perfect time to learn about bicycles. Captain Eileen Bradley with the Temple University Police Department was among the officers participating in a program for about 200 North Philadelphia students.

"We teach bike safety to the local schools to the children," Bradley said. "We did Dunbar, Duckery and St. Malachy's and ODAT, which is One Day At A Time, a group."

And with the help of a grant, the officers were able to provide a special surprise for the students who completed the program.

"They thought they were getting a helmet today," Bradley explained, "but they're getting a bike!"

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Twelve-year-old Brendan Brown couldn't believe it.

"Oh, I'm very happy and excited about this bike," Brown said. "I haven't had a bike since I was like six years old!"

So what did he learn in bike safety class?

"To always wear your helmet," Brown said, "and to watch out for the cars and to make sure you buy the light that flickers and stuff."

And Brown vowed to take good care of his new bicycle:

I like it a lot," he said. "I'm going to be riding this a lot this summer!"