Community Policing’s Bob McIntosh gives some safety advice to riders Austin Chevigny, 2, and Aaryn Chevigny, 4, while their mom, Kaylyn Chevigny (left), looks on. (Greg Sabatino photos)

Third annual bicycle rodeo sees record participation

“We had one of our highest number of pre-registrations, which is fantastic,” said Denise Skarra.

A fantastic turnout, great weather and plenty of volunteers helped make this year’s Third Annual Hub International Bicycle Rodeo another success Sunday, May 5.

The free event, put on by the City of Williams Lake in the Canadian Tire parking lot and sponsored by Hub International, Success by Six, Canadian Tire, Kane Fraser from MNP, Community Policing, Red Shred’s, the Boys and Girls Club, the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society and the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, promotes safe bicycling habtis that reduce accidents involving children.

“We had one of our highest number of pre-registrations, which is fantastic,” said Denise Skarra, recreation co-ordinator with the City of Williams Lake.

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In all, 108 children took part in the event.

“It was an amazing day, and we had so many volunteers come out to help, so it was awesome,” added Suzanne Cochrane, recreation programmer with the City.

“We want to thank Canadian Tire for giving us the space, and all of the volunteers who made this a success.”

Throughout the event, happy children made their rounds on their bikes through a series of eight safety stations, giving them a chance to learn correct riding skills.

The emphasis for children was to learn how to control their bicycle, while a safety inspection was also conducted on one of the stops by Red Shred’s owner Mark Savard.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, in partnership with Red Shred’s, were on site offering ‘bikes for all’ through their recycled bicycle program. Children were also given the chance to create handlebar tassels using recycled tire parts and pony beads.

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Additionally, participants were entered into a draw to win one of five assembled bikes, donated by Kane Fraser of MNP.

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Avery Pelley (from left), 10, Central Cariboo Conservation Society volunteer Nicki Cocwill, Willem Allan, 8, and Jacquelin Nielson, 10, make bike tassels out of recycled tires and pony beads from the CCCS’s recycled bikes program.

Jacquelin Nielson, 10, learns about bike safety signals from Citizens on Patrol’s Neil Sukert.

Deakin Hoyer, 4, rides in a figure-eight patter as volunteer Swana Proctor from Hub International helps out. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Community Policing and Citizens on Patrol’s Bob McIntosh helps Aaryn Chevigny, 4, through the cones at one of the stations. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Jacinta D’Andrea and Mark Savard help their daughter, Bee Savard, 7, with some minor fixes on her bike. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Aidan Ryan, 7, gives his bike a wash after completing all the safety and riding stations at the bicycle rodeo. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Mia Azak, 7, gets her helmet checked out for safety by Williams Lake manager of community safety Dave Dickson Sunday during the Hub International Bicycle Rodeo. (Greg Sabatino photo)

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