The Fort Detrick Police Department hosted its annual bike rodeo July 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center to meet with children and adults, educating them on bicycle safety, preventive maintenance and the traffic laws for cyclists on Fort Detrick and in the state of Maryland.
“We had some really good things at the rodeo, it was a successful event for us,” said Lt. Nelson Oliveria, law enforcement supervisor with the Fort Detrick Police Department.
“We had a station where we inspected bikes for people and did minor repairs ensuring all bikes were road safe.”
One of the fun things we did was an obstacle course designed to the test and improve the rider’s agility with an emphasis on safety and finally a bike ride designed for our bike riders to ride with the Fort Detrick Police Department Bike Patrol and providing a practical exercise where they enforced traffic laws learned,” said Oliveria.
The bike rodeo kicked off with the signing of a new Fort Detrick Policy Memorandum 385-10-2, Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Safety, by Col. Robert O’Brien, U.S. Army Garrison commander.
"The policy says all riders will wear Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved bicycle helmets when riding bicycles on Fort Detrick, and that they will obey posted speed limits, traffic signals and signs, the same as they would if they were driving,” said Oliveria.
The wearing of headphones, earphones or other listening devices when bicycling or skateboarding on Fort Detrick’s roads is prohibited, added Oliveria.
“It’s also important to remember that if you are riding a bicycle on Fort Detrick during hours of darkness or reduced visibility, the bicycle must be equipped with operable headlights and taillights, and the bicyclist will wear a reflective upper outer garment,” said Oliveria.
According to Fort Detrick Policy Memorandum 385-10-2, “skating and skateboarding is only allowed in residential areas. Skaters and skateboarders will wear approved protective headgear while using powered and non-powered scooters, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades. Hand, elbow and knee protection are highly recommended. When skateboarding on installation roadways during hours of darkness or reduced visibility, skateboards will be equipped with reflective material, and the skateboarder will wear a reflective upper outer garment.”
“I think it’s important for people to understand that failure to follow the policy can result in disciplinary action or prosecution under local laws or the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” said Oliveria.