Bike rodeo set for June 3

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The Sealy Police Department is hosting a “School’s Out, Let’s Ride” bike rodeo June 3 at Sealy High School.

SPD Sgt. Chad Matura and Officer John Fullen are heading up the effort for the first-ever non-competitive bike rodeo event for youngsters ages 6 to 12.

“This is a new thing for us,” Matura said. “It’s an informational event and an easy way to get in touch with the community.”

The event is made up of a series of stations, each demonstrating an important aspect of cycling. Participants will practice how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Prizes will be distributed throughout the event.

“Four stations will be set up to effectively challenge each child on how well they can handle the bicycle,” Matura said.

Police cyclists will participate and demonstrate basic handling skills and safety tips.

“They’ll be learning the rules of the road, how to obey laws and watch out for debris on the roadway,” Matura said. “We’re distributing fliers at the schools. We hope kids come out and have fun. You can never be too careful. That’s our main drive.”

The police sergeant added that they have not had a strong response and likely will extend the registration deadline beyond the advertised May 15 date.

To register, call the Sealy Police Department at 979-885-2913.

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