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Combining safety with fun, young cyclists were invited to take part in the bicycle obstacle course set up in the Webutuck Elementary School parking lot as part of the Bicycle Rodeo & Safety Clinic. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

A bike rodeo and safety clinic

MILLERTON — In preparation for a summer of cycling, young riders were invited to bring their bikes over to the Webutuck Elementary School parking lot on Wednesday, June 15, for the Bicycle Rodeo & Safety Clinic. Organized by the Webutuck PTA and sponsored by the Millerton Police Department (MPD) in partnership with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and the New York State Police, the clinic welcomed children of all ages between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

As well as learning bike safety, attending children were offered the chance to be fitted for bike helmets, have their loose biking equipment tightened and take part in a bicycle obstacle course. In addition to Webutuck PTA President Anna Kall and Treasurer Leah Sprague, the clinic welcomed Bill Johnson from the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board; MPD Sergeant Dave Rudin and Officers Mike Veeder and Tyler Carley; DCSO Deputies Bill McKay and John O’Brien; and NYSP Trooper Pete Gallagher in attendance.

“It’s about their feeling confident and learning skills,” Johnson said as he watched the children zoom around the parking lot atop their bikes, “and most importantly, it’s about them having a bike helmet that fits them. We focus on kids and teach them early… just to have them out, ride with their friends, build their confidence level and learn some skills.”

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