Riding bicycles is a favorite activity for people of all ages. Children pedal their way to the park, swimming pool or to friends’ houses. Bicycle safety is extremely important to teach all children, as some kids may cross busy streets to get where they are going, meet strangers along the way or take a spill, landing them on the ground.
These are some of the reasons why the Allen County Bike & Pedestrian Task Force has scheduled its annual Bike Rodeo for July 29 at St Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1110 Metcalf St., Lima, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
“Our goal is to educate young people on the importance of riding safely while having fun on their bicycles,” said the Allen County Bike & Pedestrian Chair Josh Unterbrink. “Each year, we have had tremendous amount of support from our sponsors, volunteers and local law enforcement to make the event meaningful and enjoyable.”
Bike rodeos teach children various safety skills by using simulated real-life situations. Children will have their bicycles and helmets inspected and fitted properly. Helmets will be distributed to the first 100 children who do not have their own helmet.
Participants will be taught safety by riding through skilled courses and then learning techniques to better help them make decisions while riding.
Participants must bring their own bicycles and wear closed-toe shoes to the event. Door prizes and refreshments from a variety of local businesses will be provided as well.