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Let’s all exercise safety on bikes, with cyclists

Dear Editor,

On Saturday May 11, the Glenwood Springs Police Department held its annual Bicycle Rodeo at the Community Center. A total of 63 area youth participated and enjoyed the free drinks, rode the obstacle course, and registered their bikes to help in tracking them in case of theft or loss. The parents and kids took advantage of the $5 bike helmet program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, and kids enjoyed getting a “bike operator’s license” complete with photograph from the booth manned by the State Farm Insurance crew.

Our annual bike rodeo has been supported by local businesses for many years and once again a number of them came through with cash donations used to purchase the bikes and other prizes for the kids, and donations of food and drinks for the event volunteers. Without the local sponsorship and support we receive events like this would not be feasible.

A special thanks needs to go to Scratch, Deb and their crew from BSR. They have been huge supporters of the event for years, providing free safety checks for the kids’ bikes, giving us bikes for the giveaways at greatly reduced pricing which allows us to have drawings for higher-end bikes, and this year giving us a scooter for an “extra” drawing prize. This year’s lucky bike winners were: Alex Stepniewski K-1st, Kyle Snyder 2nd-3rd, Stevi Wittet 4th-5th, who all received new Trek BMX bikes, and Taylor Nicola, who won the Dyno Scooter.

In these times of ever-increasing vehicle traffic in our area, bike safety is a major concern, especially for our young bicyclists. This event has become an opportunity to teach safety as the primary goal, and we were encouraged by the vast majority of the young riders who showed up with their helmets in place. Helmet use is one of the most important bike safety basics that all parents can teach, encourage and model for their kids.

As the Traffic Demand Management group gains momentum we all hope to see increased bike traffic as an alternative form of transportation. From a police standpoint we hope all the riders will focus on the ever-expanding trail system the city continues to build and improve. When bikes do travel the roadways, remember to obey all the traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles. Bicyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as cars, including speed restrictions and stop signs and traffic lights. If everyone will be a little courteous and watch out for the other modes of transportation, we can encourage a safe mix of options for people to travel through our town.

We encourage all the bikers, pedestrians and drivers on the roads and trails to exercise a little patience, practice safe driving habits, and be courteous toward each other. We would like to see a safe summer season with fewer accidents and more use of alternative transportation.

Terry Wilson,

chief of police,

Glenwood Springs

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