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Bike rodeo emphasizes safety

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When police receive a phone call, they have to be prepared for anything including a domestic abuse complaint, report of theft or excessive noise complaint. However, Holden police received a call recently from the Cedar Park Tenants Association for a much different request. The mobile home park on Shadow Lane asked the police to host a bike rodeo for area children.

"It's a chance to look at overall safety of bicycles being used to make sure the bike chain is lubricated, [and see if] they need a reflector or a light," explained Holden Officer Chris Greeley.

A bike rodeo, which has been done in other areas of Maine, is something the Holden Department had never participated in before. The officers, along with the assistance of Pat's Bike Shop and Circle K, agreed to make it happen. And on Aug. 13, at the Circle K parking lot, officers checked the wheels and brakes of bicycle after bicycle that was brought by. Holden police also inspected bicycle helmets to make sure they were being worn properly and shared with young riders where they should and should not ride their bikes.

"Like the DARE program, this is an opportunity for kids to have some positive interaction with police," said Greeley.

Participants also got to have fun with authorities when they tested their bicycle skills along an obstacle course set up by police. And every child walked away with a free gift.

"We've given away bicycle bells, light up taillights, Dairy Queen gift certificates, Jenkins Beach passes, and gift cards to G&M variety in Holden," said Officer Greeley.

The well-attended rodeo just might ride back into the town of Holden again next year.

Last modified on Thursday, 08 December 2011 13:20


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