Young bike riders will receive safety tips during the first annual community Bike Rodeo. The RCMP in partnership with the Lloydminster Catholic School Division, and Lloydminster Public School Division will be holding the event at Bud Miller Park on June 23.
Constable Michael Hagel says most residents don’t realize that the Traffic Safety Act states that cyclists have to ride on the road, which is why knowing the rules of the road while biking is so important. He says hand signals are crucial in informing motorists your intentions while riding.
“We’re for sure going to have an obstacle course, we’re going to do sharp turns and maybe some sudden breaking.[We may also have areas involving] balance, you have to ride on the line and see how well your balance is,” Hagel adds more stations will be added closer to the event.
Kids aged 5 to 12 will take part in skills stations receiving tips in such areas as the rules of the road, and bike inspections. Grindin Gears will be assisting the RCMP and school volunteers at each station. Food and beverages will be available with all proceeds going towards Citizens on Patrol.
“I love it when I see a C.O.P.S car cruising around because its an extra set of eyes and they can call us when something is happening and it’s important for our community.”
The Bike Rodeo will begin at 11 AM and will run until 2. Helmets are required for all participants.