Learn­ing bi­cy­cle safety

Nearly 100 young­sters take part in an­nual bike rodeo in Petawawa

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - CÉLINA IP cip@post­media.com

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.”

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

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.

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

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.

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

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.

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Cas­san­dra Goyette, 10, gets ready to take part in the bi­cy­cle rodeo ob­sta­cle course un­der the guid­ance of OPP Aux­il­iary Const. Diane Hokum.

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