Friday, April 2, 2010

Bike Rodeo This Monday--Bring the Kids!

The bike rodeo will be on Monday, April 5th 2-4pm in
St. Anthony's church parking lot on S.9th and Washington

Posted by:  Noel Jones

This will be a great opportunity for  parents to see to it that their kids are up to speed on bicycle safety rules and how to take care of their bikes--best of all, they'll be having so much fun, they won't even realize that they're learning rules! Easton police officers will be on hand to guide the kids, and there will be obstacle courses and other fun activities for all.

And besides? What better way to catch up with the other adults in the neighborhood than a fenced-in park with structured activities for the rascals?

Here is a message on the event from Sophia Feller at the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership:

"...The bike rodeo will have an obstacle course for participants to ride and there will be bicycle mechanics available to check out bikes and do minor repairs. There will be a pump station to check air pressure and add air to tires if needed.  If you have a child that would like to attend but does not own a helmet or a bike, there will be extra available for their use...This should be a fun and educational event for families, just one caution, if it is hot and sunny there is no shade in the parking lot, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and water."

Below is a Valley 610 blog article by Michael Duck on the rodeo:

Bring out your bikes in Easton

The forecast for Monday is sunny and 78 degrees, so mark your calendars!


Untouched Takeaway said...

Bike Rodeos were common back when I was in elementary school (late 60s/early 70s) and I think this is a wonderful idea.


David Caines said...

Love this, and it's in our front yard. If we can help in any way, let us know,

noel jones said...

Untouched Takeaway--thanks for posting. When I went on line to find an image to go with this post, I was surprised to learn that a "bike rodeo" is aimed at younger children and is meant to teach bike safety--from the name itself, I had imagined it being an exhibition of BMX bike tricks on ramps and such, and was looking for photos of bikes flying in the air, but realized after much surfing that the images are all of little kids learning safety tips from police officers and having fun with obstacle courses around orange cones, etc., and some of the photos I found on line had old black and white photos of kids in rodeos. I learn something new everyday on this blog. I think it's a great idea. I've been telling all the kids on bikes that I see in the neighborhood, and some of them hadn't heard about it, so everybody please spread the word today and tomorrow!