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May 23. 2014 9:38PM

Hooksett police look to wrangle children and adults for bicycle rodeo

HOOKSETT — Hooksett police and firefighters are co-hosting a bicycle rodeo for local children and adults.

The purpose, said Detective Brian Williams, is to teach cyclists the skills they need to be better riders. By learning handling and traffic skills, residents can enjoy bicycling more and reduce the chance of injury.

This year’s third annual event will take place Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hooksett Safety Center at 15 Legends Drive. It is free to the public.

 

There will be a registration station, where residents can provide the serial number of their bicycles, making it easy for police to locate in the event of a theft. Inspection stations are also available for bikes and helmets.

 

 

“We utilize a grant from New Hampshire Highway Safety where they give us helmets,” said Williams. “We make sure the helmets kids are using are safe and the right fit. If not, we give them a new helmet.”

In addition, a series of obstacle courses will be set up to provide participants an opportunity to practice safe bicycle-handling skills.

“We design the obstacles to teach them how to maintain control, see what’s ahead and also what’s going on around them, really to prevent tunnel vision and help them to maintain constant control,” said Williams.

In addition, the rodeo typically offers a raffle with prizes ranging from a new bicycle to baskets filled with useful bicycle equipment and accessories.

“We’re always pleased with the amount of people we have, but like anything, we’d like to reach out to as many people as we can to help them out,” said Williams. “We have some adults that come through, and we’d like to maybe see more. If we can help anyone with being a better bicyclist, it ultimately makes our job easier because we see less accidents and people stay safe.”

 

 

For more information, contact Williams at 624-1560 or via email at bwilliams@hooksettpolice.org.

roconnor@newstote.com


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