The Hub International Bicycle Rodeo is ready to roll again on Sunday, May 5th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Canadian Tire parking lot. All children who can ride tricycles or bicycles are encouraged to attend – bring your bicycle and helmet!Participants must register for this free program by calling the Cariboo Memorial Complex at 250-398-7665 or online with Perfect Mind, our new registration software, by following the link at www.williamslake.ca
The Bike Rodeo promotes safe bicycling habits that reduce accidents involving children. The event is free and offers many interactive activities for children. Sponsors of this event include: Hub International, Success by Six, Canadian Tire, Kane Fraser from MNP, Community Policing, Red Shreds, Boys and Girls Club, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, and the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. “As more people start riding their bikes it is important to remind riders that safety and awareness are critical. Parents should always wear a helmet as it shows children through example that you should never ride your bicycle without one,” says Dave Dickson, Manager of Community Safety.
A course with a series of eight safety stations gives children the opportunity to learn correct riding skills. The emphasis for children at this event is to learn how to control their bicycle. A safety inspection is one of the stops on the course. “Children suffer injuries doing wheeled activities because of a combination of factors that most commonly include inexperience, loss of control, lack of traffic safety skills, high speed and the tendency to attempt stunts,” states the Safe Kids Canada website.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, in partnership with Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed will be on site offering “bikes for all”. Anyone needing a used bicycle can call the Conservation Society at 250-398-7929 and ask for Mary Forbes. Children will also have an opportunity to create an individual handlebar tassel using recycled products. Participants will be entered in a draw for five brand new bicycles assembled by Hub International and donated by Kane Fraser of MNP.