Parks & Recreation Employees help a Cyclotourist get back on the Road
November 20, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded two Parks and Recreation Employees that helped a touring bicyclist who was struck by a car. Luckily, the bicyclist was not injured but his bike was severely damaged.
On the morning of September 16th , Kim Nazemi, a tourist from Germany, was traveling through Albuquerque on a bike trip on Historic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Nazemi made a wrong turn onto I-40 and was hit by a vehicle. Nazemi was able to walk away from the crash with only scratches and bruises but his bike was immobile.
An officer with the Albuquerque Police Department quickly arrived on scene to check on Nazemi’s health and file a report. The officer then brought Nazemi to the City of Albuquerque’s Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center where he was greeted by Ryan Harris, Youth Education Specialist, and Hugh Hulse, Adult Bicycle Educator.
Harris and Hulse began to assess parts of the bike that were broken beyond repair. They were able to find replacement parts from donated bicycle supplies and were able to repair the bike. After a short three hour delay, Nazemi was able to get back on his bike and continue his journey across the country. The German cyclotourist was also educated on New Mexico’s terrain and was given extra water to complete his trip without dehydrating.
“We were glad to be able to help Kim get up and running again, and would like everyone to know that Esperanza is here to help you fix or maintain your bike,” said Hugh Hulse “Our doors are open to everyone.”
Ryan Harris and Hugh Hulse are the City of Albuquerque’s Employee of the Week for their services to not only the citizens of Albuquerque but to the guests and visitors of the City as well.
Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center is a great resource to any cyclist who visits or lives in the City of Albuquerque. As a non-retail bike center, Esperanza provides many resources to the Albuquerque biking community with an emphasis on bike safety and education. The center welcomes donations of bicycle parts, so they can service anyone else in need.