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Charlottesville Kicks Off Bicycle Education Classes

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Saturday morning, more than a dozen kids in Charlottesville strapped on their helmets for a lesson in safe cycling.

The city of Charlottesville kicked off its pilot series of bicycling education classes at the Washington Park lot.

About 15 bikers between the ages of five and eight went through different skill drills and on-bike practices geared toward safety.

"I want the kids to take away that biking is fun, that there's a few things you have to remember - protecting your brain and different things you can do to be predictable, whether you're riding on the sidewalk or a trail or eventually on the road," said Shelly Stern of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.

There are three more classes this month for older groups of riders. The courses are free for city residents and $15 for everyone else.  

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