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Bike rodeos coming to four Davis schools

By March 21, 2011

Davis elementary school students and their parents are invited to attend one of four upcoming bike rodeos where volunteers will provide bike safety inspections, provide minor repairs, check helmets and more.

The first rodeo will take place at Birch Lane Elementary School on Wednesday, March 30, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Both students and their parents are encouraged to stop by with their bikes and helmets and have some fun while they’re at it.

There will be a marked skills course to ride and the always popular “slow race,” where the winner is the last to make it across the finish line. Additionally, participants will receive safe riding instructions, including learning proper hand signals and recognizing simple traffic signs.

Subsequent rodeos will take place April 20 at Pioneer Elementary School; April 27 at North Davis Elementary School; and May 4 at Willett Elementary School.

“We’re really excited about these,” said rodeo coordinator Jim Watson.

Watson said the rodeos will be similar to those held in previous years, all of which have been communitywide collaborations between the schools, the Davis Police Department, the city of Davis, Davis Bicycles!, the Davis Bike Club and Bike Forth.

New this year is the invitation for parents to bring their bikes, too.

“We’re encouraging adults to come, too,” Watson said, since “not everyone knows about bikes.

“And sometimes you see bikes that should be recycled, not cycled,” he added.

The bike rodeos are just one part of efforts under way to ensure safer bicycling among Davis children and their families. Watson and others are also involved in creating a new map of safe routes to schools, and Birch Lane parents are currently being surveyed on the topic.

“I get asked over and over, ‘What is a safe route to school?’” Watson said. “We’re really trying to promote safe routes.”

For more information about the bike rodeos — or to volunteer at one of them — contact Watson at [email protected].

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or (530) 747-8051.


Upcoming spring bike events

1. March 30: Bike Rodeo at Birch Lane Elementary School, 1:30-4 p.m.

2. April 20: Bike Rodeo at Pioneer Elementary School; 1:30-4 p.m.

3. April 27: Bike Rodeo at North Davis Elementary School; 1:30-4 p.m.

4. May 4: Bike Rodeo at Willett Elementary School; 1:30-4 p.m.

5. May 22: Second Annual Loopalooza on the Davis Bike Loop.


Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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