BIKES AND BADGES: Learning the spokes of cycling safety

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Riding bikes is a much loved pastime for any youth, but being able to enjoy the ride means knowing the rules of the road.

Cornwall police gave dozens of youth a crash course in bicycle safety on June 7.

Cornwall Community Police - Community Mobilization officers and the Bike Patrol held a Bike Safety/Bike Rally program at St. Lawrence College Saturday.

The parking lot was transformed into an obstacle course, where police guided the youths through the nearby bike path to educate them on bicycle safety for the summer.

Members of the bike unit taught steering, signaling, right and left turns, and avoiding road hazards.

Local experts were on hand to give the kids' bikes a mechanical inspection. And the Optimist Club provided refreshments and food.

Officers agreed that the event, the first of its kind, was a fun way of delivering the safety message to youths.

The first 50 kids to register were given a new helmet and safety equipment.

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