By PAMELA CODY
Special to the PRESS
Learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage for a child. That moment when mom or dad, running behind you, hanging onto your seat to steady you as you wobble the first few feet, finally lets go. Suddenly you’re pedaling furiously, heart racing, experiencing that rush of adrenaline as you realize you’re riding on your own for the first time.
While bike riding is great for fun and exercise, these days, with so many distracted drivers talking and texting behind the wheel bicycle safety is more important than ever, according to Laguna Vista senior officer Frank Lerma. So the LVPD organized its First Annual Bike Rodeo, held at Roloff Park, with Lerma and fellow officer Christina Vega demonstrating bicycle safety tips and rules of the road in order to educate kids about safe biking practices.
Brothers Oliver and Colton Sippel, ages 5 and 7, were there with their babysitter, with Colton sporting a helmet featuring a mohawk. “We like biking a lot,” he said. His brother Oliver chimed in enthusiastically, “I like to do tricks, like skid marks!”
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