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Bike Rodeo thanks

Dear Editor:

From all of us at the Aspen Police Department, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the volunteers at the Kid’s Bike Rodeo held at the Aspen Elementary School on Tuesday. Second- and third-grade students participated in the annual bike rodeo that included helmet checks, bike safety checks, hand-signal lessons and many fun biking stations.

With help from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Aspen Ambulance, Aspen Volunteer Fire Protection District, city of Aspen Parks and Recreation, RFTA, Aspen School District, Michael Hutton from the Basalt Police Department, and Ron Moorehead with Four Mountain Sports, we were able to create another educational and fun bicycling event for local students.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Aspen Valley Hospital for outfitting nearly 50 students with new and free bike helmets. Bike helmets are made available by funds from the hospital, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Emergency Trauma Advisory Council, and the Central Mountain Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council for the purpose of injury prevention.

For community members interested in other bike safety events, please watch for the Bikes Are Back campaign, which includes a Community Bike Rodeo on Friday at the library plaza in Aspen, with the annual police bike auction, bike vendors and safety information.

Gretchen Born

community safety supervisor, Aspen Police Department

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