Five-year-old Julia Marie Cooch was on her way to the beach with her mother Shannon when the red fire engine caught her eye.
It was not long before she was hopping on one of the two training bicycles that Long Beach Township's Policemen's Benevolent Association 363 set up to train children about bicycle safety.
Patrolman Philip Pollina said the the PBA's "bicycle rodeo" is in its 10th year, and grows every year.
"It really is all about the kids," Pollina told Patch. The event is held annually near Bayview Park on 68th Street in the Brant Beach section of the township, at the township Municipal Building.
The rodeo teaches children the basics of bicycle safety, emphasizing wearing helmets, riding with traffic and making sure children look both ways before crossing the street.
Shannon Cooch said she was happy to have her daughter, Julia Marie, participate. "It really opens up the door for discussions on safety," she said.