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Sanibel Bicycle Rodeo coming March 20

By Staff | Mar 9, 2010

It’s rare to find something parents and children can do together that is fun and has lasting benefits. The Sanibel Bicycle Rodeo will provide families on the island with that rare opportunity.

The next Bike Rodeo will be held on Saturday, March 20 at The Sanibel School’s Pavilion. Attendees can come by anytime from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to participate in the fun. Admission is free, however, a signed parental permission slip is required for all children participating.

Children will be able to learn about and practice safe cycling skills. The event includes a bike safety inspection and a series of skills training exercises directly related to everyday cycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, learn how to safely exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards.

Kids of all ages are welcome. Participants can bring their own bicycle and helmet; if not, equipment will be provided at the event.

In addition to learning safe biking skills, they will have a chance to try out larger size bikes to find see if they are ready for “upsizing” their ride.

Parents can have fun, too. Those who have not been on a bike for a while can try out various adult size bikes, including recumbents and adult trikes. And adults can take the bike safety quiz to test their knowledge of the “rules of the road.”

All participants will receive safety-related giveaway items. Hot dogs and ice cream, provided by Baileys General Store, will be served to those who complete the activities.

The organizations sponsoring and staffing the event include The Kiwanis Club of Sanibel Captiva, The Sanibel Bicycle Club, Billy’s Bike Shop and Billy’s Rentals.

Everyone is invited to come out and join the fun!