Po­lice of­fi­cers teach bike safety through play

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Jennifer Con­nor jcon­nor@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

t one point in the course, youth bik­ers nav­i­gated their way around Sty­ro­foam cups weighed down by ten­nis balls that Up­per GwynHGG SRliFH 2ffiFHU BRb Pro called the “ten­nis ball PinH­fiHlG.” 3DUW Rf WKH sHFRnG Dn­nuDl BiNH SDfHWy Rodeo, co­or­di­nated by the Knights of Colum­bus, the course sim­u­lated re­al­world bik­ing ob­sta­cles.

Around 30 fam­i­lies came out May 4 to Cor­pus Christi’s park­ing lot to brush up on their bike safety aware­ness.

3UR DnG 2ffiFHU Bill 0RUiDUWy, bRWK part of Up­per Gwynedd’s po­lice bike unit, took turns lead­ing kids through the course.

“We teach kids that bike rid­ing is a resSRn­si­bil­iWy,” 3UR sDiG. “,n 3D., biNHs DUH con­sid­ered ve­hi­cles, so you must abide by Dll WKH UulHs DnG lDws WKDW FDUs GR.”

That in­cludes com­ing to a com­plete stop at stop signs in or­der to ad­e­quately check for any ap­proach­ing cars, which WKH fiUsW SDUW Rf WKH FRuUsH siPulDWHG.

Next, kids were re­minded to be care­ful when rid­ing past parked cars in case some­one sud­denly opens their door, by rid­ing past a parked po­lice car with its door open.

Ac­cord­ing to Jake Young, 11, the fun part of the course came next, where bik­ers rode through a fun­nel as fast as they could be­fore they needed to come to an DbUuSW sWRS. TKH “WHn­nis bDll PinH­fiHlG” fol­lowed, re­quir­ing at­ten­tion to weave in and out of the ran­domly placed cups.

Young said the hard­est part of the course was weav­ing in and out of the cones be­cause of the sharp turns, but over­all he said the course was ex­cit­ing.

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Pro also de­bunked the pop­u­lar the­ory that you should ride your bike against WUDf­fiF.

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