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Bicyclists in the LBC, Get Schooled on Safety at Free "Bike Rodeos"

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Long Beach is embracing its bicycle culture, and with more LBC-ers hopping on two wheels to navigate city streets, there's an increased need for bicycle safety education. To help get everyone riding smart and safe, the City of Long Beach is offering free bike safety clinics to neighborhood organizations and non-profits as part of the Bike Long Beach “Share Our Streets” safety campaign.

The clinics are called "Bike Rodeos" and are run as interactive and hands-on experiences that get riders familiar with traffic features like sharrows and bike boulevards, and up to speed on safety rules.

Bike Rodeos are run by Safe Moves, a non-profit organization that is currently providing similar training to all Long Beach elementary and junior high school students, the City of Long Beach explained via a news release. They'll provide all the equipment, from helmets to staff to even the bikes, for each Bike Rodeo; all the group whose having the event needs to provide is the site.

If you're part of a group in Long Beach who is ready for a "Rodeo" you'll want to contact Barbara Sheppard, Safe Moves coordinator, at 818.786.4614 or barbarasafemoves@yahoo.com; or the City's bike coordinator, Allan Crawford, at 562.570.6618 or Allan.Crawford@longbeach.gov.

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"We want to make sure that Long Beach cyclists are safe and have the confidence to navigate the miles of bike lanes and paths throughout our city," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.