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Young cyclists get rules of the road lesson

By Staff | Jun 15, 2012

RYAN SCHUETZ Volunteers help summer campers at the helmet station at Sanibel Recreation Center's annual bike rodeo on June 8.

In conjunction with Kiwanis Club and the Sanibel Bike Club, the Sanibel Recreation Center put their summer youth campers through the annual bike rodeo on June 8.

“All 75 or 80 kids participated,” said program coordinator Dave DeFonzo. “The Bike Club and Kiwanis provided about 20 volunteers and Billy’s Bike Rentals provided bikes and helmets.”

More than 45 bikes in three different sizes were provided for the rodeo.

The campers were instructed on the bicycle rules of the road, given pointers on proper bike sizing and use. Each camper was sent through a road course set up on the Rec Center campus where they demonstrated what they had learned about bike safety and obeying rules of the road.

“We do this every year,” said DeFonzo. “It is very successful. Billy Kirkland and the volunteers do a great service.”

RYAN SCHUETZ Bike rodeo participants try on helmets before going to the road course.

Successful completion earned campers a road course certificate.

“Campers took home a bagful of goodies like bike locks, bells, flashing front and rear lights and helmets,” said DeFonzo.

The 10-week summer camp for children entering first through eighth grades runs Monday through Friday through Aug. 3, meeting 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (except May 28-July 4). Cost of the camp is $93.50 per child per week for rec center members, $115.50 for non-members.

Campers participate in swimming, arts & crafts, athletics and a variety of games. For more information on the program call the center at (239) 472-0345.

RYAN SCHUETZ Bike riders are directed through the road course by some of the volunteers.