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BPD hosting Bicycle Safety program this morning

BPD hosting Bicycle Safety program this morning
June 29
11:24 2019

Breckenridge kids are picking up free bicycle helmets, trying out their skills on an obstacle course and registering their bikes at the local Bicycle Safety course this morning, Saturday, June 29.

Rylee Fuller tests her balancing skills in the obstacle course at the Bicycle Safety program Saturday morning while Breckenridge Police Office Justin Shockley times her progress. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The course, sponsored by the Breckenridge Police Department, is set up in the northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot and will continue until noon today. It is a come-and-go event, so families can participate at any time through noon today.

The program is co-sponsored by the Breckenridge Independent School District’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The helmets were donated by Walmart and the Texas Department of Human Services. The DHS also donated helmet lights for the bike riders.

At today’s Bicycle Safety course, participants can pick out a helmet, and a BPD officer will help them make sure it fits correctly and show them how to wear it properly. Then, they can register their bicycle’s serial number with the BPD to help identify it, if it is ever stolen.

The obstacle course includes four skills tests, ranging from balancing to maneuvering. After participants complete the obstacle course, they can visit the Fuel and Hydration station to pick up a snack and a bottle of water, as well as tips for staying healthy while bike riding. Also available are stickers and other items for decorating the new helmets.

Members of Breckenridge Girl Scout Troop 8356 used some of their cookie proceeds to purchase the supplies, snacks and water and had fun helping the participants decorate their new bike helmets and fuel up with snacks and water during the event, said Kim Fuller, troop leader and member of SHAC.

If you missed this program, the BPD plans to offer a similar program at the Buckaroo Bash back-to-school event that will be scheduled for August.

Butch Herring shows Rachel Burchett the next step in the obstacle course in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday morning. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge Police Department Lt. Bacel Cantrell directs Berkley White, 5, through the obstacle course at the Bicycle Safety program Saturday morning in the Walmart parking lot. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Editor’s Note: This article was updated Sunday, June 30, to include information about the Girl Scouts providing the snacks and other supplies.

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