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Trinity police host Nov. 17 bicycle rally
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TRINITY – As part of its community service program, the Trinity Police Department will host a family bicycle rally through Trinity on Nov. 17. The event is open free of charge to riders of all ages and participants are encouraged to wear “colors of support” for various organizations, such as pink for breast cancer awareness. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Community Center and the ride will begin at 11 a.m. Drawings will be held to giveaway two adult and two children’s bicycles. Entry tickets for the drawings will be given to all participants. Entry cans will be in place for each of the bikes to be given away and participants may take their entry tickets and place them in the cans for the bikes they want. “We want to make this a fun activity where parents can ride with their children,” Police Chief Steven Jones said. Police and members of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to direct traffic and safeguard the riders as they make their way through the city. “The course will be in two parts and riders can ride on either or both, depending on their abilities,” Jones said. During the first part of the course, riders will proceed south from the community center along Highway 19. The ride will circle around the Avalon Place nursing home before continuing south to FM 1617 and then loop back up FM 1617 to the community center. The second stage of the ride will travel on city streets from the community center up to the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Caroline Street. The riders will then travel east on Caroline to the intersection of Highway 19 and 94. “From the intersection, we’re going to have a sprint to the finish, which is back at the community center,” Jones said. Water will be available to the riders and Jones noted that unlike the mix-up that occurred during the March Against Drugs earlier this year, the water being handed out will be chilled. Jones noted that disabled people and senior citizens who are unable to ride bicycles are invited to take part using street-legal ATVs. “We don’t want a bunch of kids showing up on their ATVs and four-wheelers but we do want those who cannot ride bikes to take part,” Jones said. Jones added that the police department has a number of bicycles on hand that can be loaned to those wishing to participate.