Bicycle Safety Rodeo this Saturday will teach important safety skills to young riders

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Young bicyclists across Wilson County can learn and practice ways to ride safely at a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, June 1.
The free event is geared toward kids ages 5-12 and will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Recreation Park parking lot, located off of Raleigh Road Parkway on Sunset Road.
Participants do not need to pre-register, but they do need to bring their own bikes and helmets.
“It is important for kids to learn safety skills early on. This rodeo does this in a fun way,” says Michelle Brown, planner with the City of Wilson and an event organizer. “The kids love it, and these are lessons that will stick with them for a long time and could save lives.”
Young bicyclists will have a chance to test their biking skills and learn about bicycle safety. Riders will ride through a skills course made up of about 10 stations that will be set up in the parking lot, including tests of balancing, braking, maneuvering, turning and signaling. Kids will also learn important lessons like how to safely cross a street. At the end, kids will receive a certificate of completion.
Attendees will also be able to register their bicycles, which is required in the city of Wilson. There is no charge for bike registration. Riders can also get a bike “tune-up” and a check for proper helmets fit.
Organizers include Wilson Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, Travelers Protective Association, Don's Bicycle Shop, Wilson Medical Center, Evening Optimists’ Club, Cyclists of Wilson, and the City’s planning, police, fire and recreation departments.
In case of poor weather on June 1, participants may call 399-2285 to find out if the rodeo has been rescheduled. The rain date is June 15.
The Bicycle Rodeo is just one way the City is supporting bicycle safety. A Bicycle Plan was adopted by the City in 2008. Sharrows (shared lane markings) were painted on Lakeside Drive in April 2012 to promote bicycle safety and the month of May has been designated as “Bicycle Safety Month.” A bicycling group, the Cyclists of Wilson, held a Ride of Silence on May 15 to honor bicyclists that have been killed or injured while riding on the road. The City has partnered with NCDOT to build paved shoulders and signage indicating bicycles may be on the road on Packhouse Road to give cyclists more space to ride.
For more information, or if you are interested in participating in these or other bicycle and pedestrian safety programs, please contact Michelle Brown at (252) 399-2226 or visit