(9/20) On September 8 Emmitsburg held its first bike rodeo to
the delight of over 40 children.
From 9 to 11 a.m. participants had an opportunity to complete
an obstacle course aimed to teach them about bike safety. Police officers were
on hand to show participants the ropes, which involved mounting and
dismounting, weaving and maneuvering and short radius turning.
“Most kids can do everything, we just teach them to do it
safe,” said Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Tom Johann.
In Maryland, law requires all bicyclists under the age of 16 to
wear a bicycle safety helmet when riding on public property, which includes
roadways, trails and sidewalks, which is something Emmitsburg Mayor Jim Hoover
is glad to see.
“Safety was the least of concern with bikes when I was growing
up. It’s a learning curve, reality is there’s more vehicles on the road
nowadays; it’s a little bit more challenging,” Hoover said. “There is a good
reason to promote the course and safety.”
There is no penalty for helmet law offenders in Maryland so
Mayor Hoover hopes that the rodeo will cause kids to think that wearing a
helmet is “a little bit cooler.”
Volunteers were on hand to give out free helmets to those who
needed one and the town is hoping to hold the rodeo again next year.
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