UPDATE: Youth Bike Safety Course, Rodeo rescheduled
The city of Sanibel reported that the Youth Bike Safety Course and Rodeo set for May 17 has been rescheduled to May 24 due to forecasted inclement weather.
Island youth are encouraged to come out for the Youth Bike Safety Course and Rodeo.
Free and open to the community, it will take place on May 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the pavilion at The Sanibel School. Organized by the Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Police Department and Billy’s Bike Shop, the event will give children the chance to learn about and practice safe biking skills.
“It’s something we do every couple years,” Sanibel Recreation Director Andrea Miller said. “The goal behind the event is to disseminate information regarding bike safety to the youth on the island.”
“Obviously, we have miles and miles of bike paths,” she added.
The event is designed for kindergarteners through fifth-graders.
There will be a safety inspection and children are encouraged to bring their bicycle and helmet.
“They will have staff present to do the safety inspections,” Miller said.
“They will also have a little bike safety course set up,” she added.
There will be a series of skills stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, exiting a driveway, looking for traffic, negotiating an intersection and avoiding common road hazards. Equipment will be provided for children unable to bring theirs.
Miller explained that the youth will learn about not being on a cell phone or wearing ear buds while operating a bicycle, why they should wear a bike helmet, how to use their bicycle bell and more.
“And being aware of cars, pedestrians and bikes around them,” she said.
There will be some giveaway and goodie bags for attendees.
In previous years, bike lights and bells were handed out.
“Little equipment type of things,” Miller said.
“Kind of a little goodie bag for the kids that participate,” she added.
The students enrolled in the after school program at the rec center take part.
“We’ll be taking them over to participate,” Miller said.
Children attending who are not enrolled must have a parent or guardian accompany them.
“It’s open to the public, but they will need a parent or guardian with them,” she said.
Organizers encouraged island families to stop by and check it all out.
“Bike safety education is a very crucial part to some of the information we need to get across to the youth on the island,” Miller said.
For more information, call 239-472-0345 or visit www.mysanibel.com.
The Sanibel School is at 3840 Sanibel Captiva Road.