Safe kids bike rodeo planned at Huntsville Public School

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Spring is here and that means it’s cycling season. But what’s fun for kids can be a worry for parents. Are your kids as safe as they can be? Make sure they are by bringing them to Kids’ Bike Rodeo on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Huntsville Public School.

Organized by the OPP, the Town’s Sustainable Huntsville program and sport therapy experts at The SportLab, this fun and educational clinic for kids aged 5 to 12 will ensure that they have the equipment and cycling safety skills they need. “A lifetime of cycling begins with a solid education in bike skills. The Kids’ Bike Rodeo helps kids and parents learn in a fun, interactive, and supportive way,” says Staff/Sergeant John-Paul Graham of the OPP.

Kids will make their way in groups of six through a variety of stations designed to improve their cycling knowledge and skills, including helmet and bike safety checks, recognizing road signs, learning cycling hand signals, a mock intersection, and an agility course.

The agility course is anticipated to be the group favourite; with cyclists riding as slow as they can while maneuvering through pylons and doing shoulder checks to identify images held up by volunteers.

The entire rotation will take approximately about 30 minutes. Young cyclists then receive a delicious snack, a completed checklist, certificate and some bike goodies.
“The Kids’ Bike Rodeo is a grassroots initiative that will help our children develop basic cycling fundamentals to help keep them safe while out on their bikes,” said Dr. Lowell Greib of The SportLab. “At the same time, we hope to motivate them to think about cycling as not just a means of transportation, but also as possible sport of choice as they develop into young adults.”

The Kids’ Bike Rodeo is free of charge, but registration is required. Please call 855-776-7852 or drop-in to The SportLab at 68 West Road, Unit #2, Huntsville, to book your half-hour time slot.

The Kids’ Bike Rodeo will be followed by the Mayor’s Bike Ride at River Mill Park. Cyclists who can ride 12km are welcome to participate. Visit www.huntsville.ca for details on both events.

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