Kids play it safe attending McLennan and Falher bike rodeo events

RCMP Constable, Allan Paterson giving instruction to a young cyclist at the McLennan bike rodeo

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

Alberta Health Services held a Bike Rodeo at the H.W. Fish Arena parking lot in McLennan on Tuesday, August 13 and at the Falher Recreation Centre parking lot, August 14.

Alberta Health Services worked in partnership with Blue Heron Support Services Association, Alberta Brain Injury Network, the RCMP and the Town of McLennan and the Town of Falher, to host the Bike Rodeos in both of these communities.

Members of Emergency Medical Services and High Prairie Peace Officers also took part in the bike rodeos and approximately 30 kids participated in each of the events.

The Bike Rodeo events were for participants from age 2 to 13, but parents and members of the public were welcome to come and watch the kids go through their paces.

A bike rodeo is an instructional event that gives young cyclists the opportunity to learn the rules of the road, being attentive to one’s surrounding and overall, becoming a more confident and safer cyclist.

The categories covered at the event included bike safety, road signs, the importance of helmet use, and the importance of proper fitting helmets and a bike obstacle course.

Registration for the Bike Rodeo was free with a free hotdog lunch provided to the participants, sponsored by “Falher and District Cooperative Association Ltd.At the end of each bike rodeo, the participants won a variety of prizes: McLennan Home Hardware donated 2 bikes and 6 helmets as prizes, Red Apple in High Prairie donated hula hoops, bubbles, mini ball and net, chalk etc, and Smoky River Ag Society donated helmets, with the prizes divided equally between both community events.

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