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