A bike rodeo is a bicycle event that helps kids learn and practice bicycle skills, ensuring they become experts in bike safety.
The 2022 Bike Rodeo was Friday, September 23 and very well attended with more than 60 young cyclists participating.
Municipal Enforcement sends thanks to Shaun from Revival Bike Works for his assistance, ConnectFirst Credit Union for use of the parking lot and to all the particpants who made this a successful event.
Tips to Encourage Bike Safety
• Ensure children wear properly fitted and secure helmets (studies show children between ages 10 and 14 are the group least likely to wear a helmet)
• Use reflective stripes on clothing and bicycles, and use flickering lights (even during daylight hours) to make cyclist more visible to motorists
• Bike with a buddy – if children or youth are cycling any distance without parental supervision, bike with a buddy, agree in advance on a return time and stick to a route that’s familiar, illuminated and avoids secluded areas
• Have first aid training to have the skills and confidence to provide emergency treatment for common cycling injuries like falls, fractures or bleeding
• Keep away from busy streets and parking lots
• Know and obey traffic rules when cycling on the road
Speed, inexperience and not wearing protective gear are among leading causes of cycling injuries for children. About a third of hospital emergency visits for children with cycling injuries involve broken bones, and one in 10 cycling deaths or serious injuries result from collisions with vehicles. (Based on www.redcross.ca)