Bicycle Safety Show
The University Hills Community Center hosted a spectacular event on Sunday, August 27, 2016 with a show from Dustin McCarty’s BMX event. It was enjoyed by all ages and brought together many members of the community, including UCIPD who was on hand to assist children with helmet fittings as well as educating them on a bicycle safety. Dustin McCarty, the founder and owner of McCarty’s BMX Show, has been riding for over fifteen years and has travelled to almost every state in the country to put on performances for young children while teaching them important life lessons. Using dazzling high flying tricks to garner attention, he’s able to send messages of anti-drugs, anti-bullying, how to focus on goals, and the importance of bicycle safety equipment. He was truly engaged with his young audience as he captivated them with humor and impressive skills with his bike. The children cheered and screamed with excitement as McCarty and his partner jumped, flipped, and spun in the air, each time making a perfect landing. The UCI Police Department was in attendance with our officers having fun with the children and encouraging them to practice good safety procedures while riding their bicycles around the community.
Sergeant Acuna, Detective Bolano, Officer Liev, Officer Keith, and CSOs Kimberly Tavera and Destiny Vera had a fantastic time engaging with the Uni Hills community members. Stickers and UCIPD pom poms were given away to the delight of many children. It was easy to see that the BMX show already had an impact on the young audience as the children attempted to imitate McCarty by tugging up on their bikes and pretending they were flying through the air.
After the show, the children dashed over to the UCIPD bicycle safety station where Sergeant Acuna, in his usual good spirit, was giving away many high fives and fist bumps. He properly secured helmets while reminding the children that the helmet must fully cover their forehead for it to be effective. Once the helmet was properly fitted, Detective Bolano briefed each child before they departed on the bicycle challenge course. Tennis balls were carefully placed on the blacktop to create a small obstacle course where the objective was for each child to carefully meander their way around them. Officer Keith was on hand to offer words of encouragement to the children and assist any who needed help maneuvering around the tennis balls. There were a few devious children who deliberately rode over the tennis balls and although they were clearly breaking the rules of the game, the officers looked on because the most important thing was for everyone to have fun. As the children laughed and raced each other around the parking lot, Sergeant Acuna decided to join in on the fun and lead the pack on several laps. As a surprise, Ruby’s Diner drove out their mobile food truck for hungry children and parents to chow down on a delicious burger and a milkshake.
More than making young spectators happy, though, the stunts of the BMX Trick Team has garnered the attention of thousands of students around the country. Between dizzying back flips and “Look, Ma, no hands” high in the air, Dustin McCarty of San Diego and his partner Rob Nolli of Orlando, take advantage of the spotlight to deliver inspirational messages to schools and communities. Bullying has been in the spotlight in recent years, with incidents posted on YouTube and other social media sites, McCarty has focused his last few performances on this topic. “Treat people the way you would like to be treated,” McCarty tells young teens. “Your school, your community, they’re not going to stand for bullies anymore.” He encouraged students to get involved in after-school activities at their church or elsewhere to help build character and to lessen the chances of becoming the target of a bully. On the contrary, he also addressed what to do if you come across someone who is being bullied. “If you see bullying going on, if you see your friends or family members being bullied … make sure you tell someone,” McCarty tells students. “Tell teachers, tell the principal, tell your parents. If you keep it to yourself, that means it’s going to keep happening.” McCarty and Nolli will continue combining their passion for educating and riding their BMX bikes to inspire youth around our nation to make a lasting impact.