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Crockett sixth-grader asks Paris City Council for a bicycle safety ordinance

Sahil Prakash appeals to the Paris City Council to adopt a bike safety ordinance requiring bike riders 16 and under to wear a helmet. With him is his Future Problem Solver instructor at Crockett, Debb Fleming. In the background is District 5 councilman Matt Frierson. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Sahil Prakash appeals to the Paris City Council to adopt a bike safety ordinance requiring bike riders 16 and under to wear a helmet. With him is his Future Problem Solver instructor at Crockett, Debb Fleming. In the background is District 5 councilman Matt Frierson. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Sahil Prakash, a sixth-grade student at Crockett Intermediate School, brought his award-winning bicycle safety campaign to the Paris City Council this week.

He won first place at the state level in Texas Future Problem Solving competition with “Project Bike,” which encourages bike riding and promotes bike safety.

In his appearance before the city council on Monday, Prakash said his interest was provoked by a newspaper story he read about a 6-year-old boy who suffered serious injury when he was hit while riding his bicycle.

“Also, I have seen many citizens in the community who are riding their bike without a helmet and who are not following the rules of the road,” he said.

Prakash has created a bike safety DVD for presentations to schools, civic clubs and community events.

He asked the city council to consider a bicycle safety ordinance that would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from riding a bicycle on a public road or sidewalk without wearing a helmet.

Many cities – including Dallas, Austin and Houston – already have such ordinances, he said.

He invited council members to his “Bike Rodeo” on May 4, an event that will promote bike safety.

Prakash will be at Bloomington, Ind., for international Problem Solving competition with his bike safety project.

For more on Sahil Prakash and his bike safety work, click on:

http://troop3990.wix.com/projectbike#!about/cquc

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