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Agencies spotlight motorcycle, bike safety at Saturday event
Back the Badge Bike Rodeo raises funds for at-risk youth
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Back the Badge Bike Rodeo

What: Fundraising safety event
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Laurel Park, 3100 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
How much: Free

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and other local safety agencies will gather Saturday for an event about bicycle and motorcycle safety.

The Sheriff’s Office is hosting the event at Laurel Park in conjunction with the Gainesville Police Department, the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services, Safe Kids of Gainesville-Hall County and Hall County Fire Services.

Kids can do an obstacle cone course called “Challenge A Cop” while also getting their bike checked to see if it is in proper working order.

“For those who may not have one beforehand, there will be an opportunity to receive a free bike helmet with a complimentary fitting,” Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a news release.

A safety assessment is also available for those with a valid motorcycle learner’s permit and gives them a chance to take a free road skills test.

In 2015, there were 36 traffic fatalities on Hall County roads, exactly double from the year before. Of the 18 fatalities in 2014, four of the deaths were motorcyclists, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Data was not readily available for 2015.

Proceeds from the event go toward Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, a charity that helps at-risk children across the state.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Park, 3100 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.

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