Safety to be taught at upcoming Bike Rodeo

Bicycle safety will be the theme for the upcoming Tim Horton’s Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire Parking Lot.

Safety will be the theme on Saturday

Safety will be the theme on Saturday

Bicycle safety will be the theme for the upcoming Tim Hortons Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire Parking Lot.

All children who can ride tricycles to bicycles are encouraged to attend.

Bring your bicycle and helmet along. Participants are required to register for this free program.

The Bike Rodeo promotes safe bicycle riding habits which will reduce accidents involving children. The event is free and offers many interactive activities for children.

Sponsors of the event include: Success by Six — United Way, Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire, Johnston Meier Insurance, the Brain Injury Society, Community Policing and the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

“Bicycle safety is very important,” says Dave Dickson, safer communities co-ordinator. “This is the time of year when our children are out on the street with their bicycles and if we can teach them safety through this rodeo then everyone wins.”

A course with a series of seven safety stations will give children the opportunity to learn correct riding skills.

A thorough safety inspection of the bicycle is the first stop on the course. Professionals will also check the child’s bike helmet to make sure it fits well and is being worn properly.

“Children suffer injuries doing wheeled activities because of a combination of factors that most commonly include inexperience, loss of control, lack of traffic safety skills, high speed and the tendency to attempt stunts,” states the Safe Kids Canada website.

The remaining bike safety stations will focus on riding techniques and skills. Children will be asked to ride through established courses of figure eights, circles and parallel lines.

For more information or to register contact Suzanne Cochrane or Denise Skarra at the Cariboo Memorial Complex at 250-398-7665.

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