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Article posted: 6/4/2013 3:29 PM

Palatine hosts Bike Safety Clinic and Ride on Saturday, June 8

On Saturday, June 8, the Bike Palatine Club will offer a cycling safety skills clinic for children, ages 5-10, at Ost Track.

On Saturday, June 8, the Bike Palatine Club will offer a cycling safety skills clinic for children, ages 5-10, at Ost Track.


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Presented by Palatine Park District, Bike Palatine Club and Palatine Police Department's Bike Police

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A Bicycle Safety Clinic and Ride is being offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The clinic is for beginning cyclists ages 5 to 10, with a parent in attendance, at Ost Track, located behind the Community Center, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine.

This cycling safety skills clinic, provided by the Bike Palatine Club, will cover critical safety topics, such as bicycle inspection, safe bike handling and rules of the road, through a series of exercises. Participants will practice the safe way to exit a driveway, to look out for traffic, to negotiate an intersection and to avoid common road hazards.

Bike Police from the Palatine Police Department will be at this clinic to demonstrate basic handling skills and to address the importance of cyclists following the most current bike safety rules of the road.

This clinic is geared to beginning cyclists. Parents are required to attend the clinic at no charge and join the free fun ride after the demonstrations. Bring your bike helmets to have them checked for safe performance. Each child participant will receive a Bike Palatine T-shirt -- T-shirt size required when registering. The free fun ride will begin at 11 a.m. The clinic fee is $3 per child. Registration can be done online at www.palatineparks.org using code 6418-2 or in person at the Community Center, the Falcon Park Recreation Center or the Birchwood Recreation Center.

For more information about the Bicycle Safety Clinic and Ride, contact Keith Williams, superintendent of Recreation, at (847) 496-6232 or kwilliams@palatineparks.org.

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