6th Annual Bikes on the Bricks September 15 and 16

Bikes on the BricksThe 6th Annual Bikes on the Bricks, presented by Vehicle City Harley Davidson, will be held on September 15 and 16, 2012, in downtown Flint.  This exciting and unique motorcycle event includes the only certified Police competition in Michigan.

Over the last five years, this event has grown and now includes vendors, Police skills competition, a fashion show, police escorted ride, tattoo contest,  motorcycle show and much more. Money raised from the police escorted ride goes toward local charities within the community, such as the Old Newsboys.

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Photo of the Day: The crew that brings Genesee County Bikes on the Bricks

Today I had the opportunity to take a photo of a group of local people who make one of Genesee County’s signature events possible. Bikes on the Bricks, held annually in the fall, is a one-of-a-kind motorcycle event in downtown Flint. This year the event has expanded to three days. Make sure to mark your calendars for this free event, September 23-25.

And a special thanks goes out to longtime event director and committee member, Tanya Lane (the one getting the shoulder massage), who is leaving her post at the Flint Area CVB for another at Sloan. Tanya has been pivotal to the growth of Bikes as well as Back to the Bricks and other local events. She is the hardest-working woman in Flint and will be missed. (Photo by Jared Field)

Flint’s Bikes on the Bricks featured in Harley’s Motor Officer Magazine

Here’s a feature I wrote for Harley-Davidson’s “The Motor Officer” Magazine this month. It highlights some of the short history of Bikes on the Bricks, held annually in downtown Flint, as well as Michigan’s only Law Enforcement Skills Competition.

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Be the ‘King of the Bricks’ in 2011

FLINT, Michigan — This throne gets abdicated every year, and it’s yours if you’ve got what it takes.

To be dubbed ‘King of the Bricks,’ you must be able to navigate a grueling outdoor skills course that will push the limit of your riding prowess – not to mention your ability to perform in front of an audience.

This is Michigan’s only motor officer training and skills competition, and you’re invited.

A police-escorted success story

More than word of mouth, it is action that’s truly the best gauge of any competition’s staying power. For The Bikes on the Bricks Law Enforcement Skills Competition, seeing familiar faces intermingled with fresh ones really tells its story – one that’s closer to its beginning than its conclusion.

“Pretty much every (motor) officer that has attended in the past returns to compete again,” said Flint (Michigan) Police Sergeant Richard Besson, one of the organizers of the annual competition held during the Bikes on the Bricks festival in Flint, 60 miles north of Detroit. “Each year we’ve increased attendance both among officers and spectators. Last year’s event had officers from out of state for the first time; we have many officers returning and bringing more with them.”

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