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Pedal Power – Bicycle Rodeo 2024 | Culture

There’s a hero in town who has quietly transformed the safety culture in Taos from the seat of his bicycle. Known to locals as Officer Sanchez, this bicycle patrol officer has dedicated his career to ensuring safety and promoting a love of cycling among youth and adults alike. What started as a personal passion for cycling quickly turned into a mission. While patrolling the historic district, Officer Henry Sanchez noticed a disturbing trend: children and adults riding without helmets and often inappropriately. This led to a revolutionary idea: a bicycle rodeo to educate and protect the community.

For years, the annual Bike Rodeo has been a major event eagerly anticipated by families in Taos. Officer Sanchez, along with his enthusiastic partner Judy Esquibel, the City of Taos Community Events Coordinator, meticulously organized this event to teach essential cycling skills. From hand signals and approaching intersections to tackling curbs and obstacles, participants learn it all. The rodeo isn’t just about safety; it’s about community. With donated bikes from Walmart and additional support from Kit Carson Electric, including stylish helmets and protective gear, every child gets the chance to ride safely. The event has grown in popularity and doubled in attendance, reflecting the community’s appreciation for Officer Sanchez’s continued efforts.

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