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2016 – Kids Bicycle Rodeo – Longmont
April 8, 2016
From Times-Call 4/5/16:
Longmont-area children will have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle and secure their bicycles at a city-led Bicycle Rodeo on Friday.
Lauren Greenfield, traffic safety coordinator with the city of Longmont, said that the kids will perform safety checks on their bicycles themselves, with some assistance. There will be a helmet fitting, and then a number of activities that they participate in on their bicycles that will help them increase their bicycle handling skills with interactive drills, including stopping and starting, watching out for debris in the road, and quick turns.
The event is for children ages 4 to 10. Greenfield said that they will learn how to lock up their bikes effectively as that’s a huge problem at schools where bikes that are not properly locked disappear.
Greenfield has been involved in similar programs before under different entities over about 12 years, but this is the first time that it’s been headed by the city’s traffic safety department.
“The hope is that kids will improve their bike handling skills and they will be more motivated to ride their bikes. And hopefully this will inspire them to bike to school on Bike to School Day on May 4 and beyond,” she said. “Hopefully they will encourage their parents to bike to school with them, as well as do other activities around the city.”
Bike to School Day is a national campaign that first took place May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month and builds on Walk to School Day, which takes place in October.
Greenfield is expecting about 100 children on Friday, and the first 50 who pre-register will receive a goody bag. Admission is free.
“I think the weather is still expected to be beautiful,” she said. “It’s spring break, it’s free and it’s fun.”
More info: Go to rec.ci.longmont.co.us and search under the “outdoors” category, or contact Lauren Greenfield email@example.com or 303-651-8924 to register.
April 8, 2016. 9AM – 12 noon at roosevelt Park, Longmont. FREE bicycle rodeo for kids 4-10 during Spring break. All kids who pre-register will receive a goody bag!
Bring your bike, helmet and be ready for some fun. Rodeos incorporate drills and skills on and off the bike to inprove bike handling and technique in an informative and fun way. For more information, please contact lauren greenfield at