Learning bicycle safety
Nearly 100 youngsters take part in annual bike rodeo in Petawawa
PETAWAWA – Nearly 100 kids rang bicycle bells and coasted around the Petawawa Civic Centre’s arena at the annual Petawawa Community Policing Committee’s Bicycle Rodeo.
The bike safety event – organized in conjunction with the Petawawa Public Library, the Petawawa Family Cycle Club, the Town of Petawawa, GearHeads and EGM Insurance – educated kids on safety rules to follow when taking their bikes out for a spin, as well as on the importance of not only wearing a helmet but wearing it properly.
Once participants registered at the rodeo, they engaged in a number of fun and educational tasks including a written bike safety quiz, bike and helmet inspections and an obstacle course.
EGM Insurance performed the helmet inspections to ensure the headgear was sized properly while also instructing the children on how bike helmets should sit on their head for proper protection.
Participants were also reminded to always wear their helmets,
not only for protection, but also because it is the law and there is an $80 fine for not wearing your helmet.
GearHeads examined the kids’ bikes, making sure they were roadworthy by inspecting the brakes, the tires and the gears.
After getting their helmets
and bikes inspected, OPP officers directed participants through an obstacle course covering the “do’s and don’ts” of riding on the road: braking, crosswalks, pedestrians and hand signals.
“They do a road test that takes the kids right through a course with pylons and stop signs,” said Elizabeth Pombiere, community outreach organizer with the Petawawa Public Library. “They teach the kids about what to do if there’s oncoming traffic by having two kids come to a stop sign first and deciding who gets to go.”
All of the participants also had a chance to win a new helmet or bike through a random draw. A number of participants also received medals for receiving high scores of 98 to 100 per cent on the written quiz and other tasks.
“We’ve had more children pass this year than any other year before and not because the parents are helping but because the kids know more than the parents – honestly it has been the highest scores that I’ve ever seen,” said Pombiere.
“I think we’re seeing these high scores because of repetitive education,” she added. For a lot of the kids, this is their second year or their third year doing this rodeo and they’re always really hyped about it because it’s a fun event. Even for the kids who go home without medals, they do feel accomplished and they do feel they did great especially when they get their scores back.”
This Petawawa Community Policing Committee's annual Bicycle Rodeo was a huge success on May 6 as nearly 100 kids ñ aged six to 13 years old ñ took part in the afternoon day-long activities to learn about bike safety and the rules of the road. By the end of the day, a few kids won new bicycles and helmets through a random draw while dozens were awarded with medals for their high scores on the written quiz and obstacle course task.
Three-year-old Lucas LeBlanc (left) shows off a big smile alongside his big brother Noah, 5, as they enjoy coasting along the grounds of the arena floor at the Petawawa Civic Centre during the Bicycle Safety Rodeo.
Five-year-old Zackary Schroeder was among nearly 100 participants (aged six to 13 years old) who learned about bike safety at this year's Bicycle Safety Rodeo organized by the Petawawa Community Policing Committee which took place on May 6 at the Petawawa Civic Centre.
Cassandra Goyette, 10, gets ready to take part in the bicycle rodeo obstacle course under the guidance of OPP Auxiliary Const. Diane Hokum.