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Gearing up for bike safety

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Dear Editor:Friday, May 21, the Aspen Police Department put on its annual Bike Safety Rodeo for approximately 220 students from Aspen Elementary School. The week before, four bikes were awarded to four students: Acayla Dunn, Britt Hopkins, Konner Davis and Gabby Celeste.The school district and the police department wish to thank the following people for making the Bike Rodeo another success this year. They are Ned and Jan Cochran along with Ron Moorhead, who helped to inspect and repair any broken bikes before heading out on the trail. Also Michael Wampler, who has helped us in years past and would have this year, but didn’t get notified in time. We know he would have been there if he could. These are the guys that really work hard to make this event such a big success.Also new this year to the event was Janice Martin, the AVH trauma coordinator who personally inspected the helmets of all the kids and handed out new ones to those whose helmets were improperly fitted or too old to work properly. We very much appreciate this service and keeping those young heads safe and sound.And as usual, we had the AVFD, the AVH ambulance crew and representatives from Mountain Rescue, who each presented information and demonstrations on the many great things they do to prevent injury as well as take care of it when it happens. You wouldn’t believe how many parents and teachers who accompanied the students told me they were amazed at how much they learned from these wonderful folks involved in keeping our town safe and sound.There were also many parent and community member volunteers that came out to help, on their own, just because they enjoy the event. We appreciate them showing up and helping these kids learn how to ride safely and legally for the biking season.All of us at the Aspen Police Department and with local law enforcement ask that drivers be especially aware of the many children now biking, boarding, roller blading and scootering around town for the summer months.We also ask parents to re-enforce the biking laws with their children and encourage the use of all the proper safety equipment, i.e. helmets, pads, proper lights and clothing, etc. Also, get those bikes inspected for safe tires, properly working brakes and anything else in need of repair. We have many wonderful bike shops and mechanics in town that will take care of those concerns for you, so take advantage and have a great, safe outdoor biking season. See you out there.Chief Loren RyersonCommunity Safety Supervisor Charlie MartinSchool Resource Officer Brad Onsgardand the Aspen Police Department


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