Free classes on bicycle safety, maintenance and operation are being held this week in Oro Valley.

Instruction through the Oro Valley Police Department and the League for American Bicyclists is being offered this Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the training room at the Oro Valley Police Department, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Class size is limited to 10 people, who must be at least 13 years of age. Registration is required; to do so, contact Officer Yolanda Hallberg at 229-5084.

"Road 1: Street Savvy, Confidence and Safety" program classes teach people how to perform a quick bicycle safety check, how to fix a flat, do minor mechanical adjustments and more.

It also reviews state and local laws, on-bike safety skills and a student manual. "Students gain confidence knowing they are riding legally and safely," a release said.

Participants receive free safety equipment. They must have an approved helmet to take part. Bikes in good riding condition with at least one functioning hand brake are required for the Saturday part of the class. Fixed gear bikes must have at least one functioning hand brake.

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