Family Bike Rodeo stresses safety for young cyclists

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  • Joel Martin/Columbia Basin Herald A small rider navigates the course at the Family Bike Rodeo Saturday.

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    Joel Martin/Columbia Basin Herald Heather Massart demonstrates hand signals to a cyclist at the Family Bike Rodeo Saturday.

  • Joel Martin/Columbia Basin Herald A small rider navigates the course at the Family Bike Rodeo Saturday.

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    Joel Martin/Columbia Basin Herald Heather Massart demonstrates hand signals to a cyclist at the Family Bike Rodeo Saturday.

MOSES LAKE — All things two-wheeled were the theme at the Kiwanis Club of Moses Lake’s Family Bike Rodeo Saturday. Somewhere between 75 and 100 kids gathered in the parking lot of Moses Lake Christian Church to take part in the event, which included a riding course, a poster contest, a drawing for free bikes and minor repairs.

The event came about through a collaboration between the Kiwanis and the Moses Lake Trails Planning Team, according to organizer Louis Logan. In addition, Logan said, the event was staffed by 19 volunteers from the Moses Lake High School Key Club, BMX Bicycling, The Bicycle Shop, White Bikes and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Kids were given a chance to show their riding skills on a course chalked out in the parking lot, where they demonstrated their maneuvering abilities as well as their knowledge of safe cycling practices. The event was advertised as being held at Yonezawa Park next to the church, Logan said, but the park had no paved surface, so the church volunteered its lot for the occasion.

The event came about, Logan said, because the Kiwanis Club found itself at loose ends for a project as its old standby became obsolete.

“We used to do a dictionary project where we gave all third-graders a dictionary,” Logan said. “We had to bring that to an end because many of the schools were telling us that because of the technology there wasn’t really that much need for a dictionary book. And so we needed a new project and this was what we tried out this year.”

“As far as Trails Planning Team goes,” he added, “we’re always interested in trying to encourage people to use the trails and making sure kids are aware of how they can be safe on their bikes.”

The rodeo portion of the event wasn’t everything, though. Volunteers helped kids with minor bike repairs and changing tires, while others made sure the kids had helmets that fit correctly. A safety poster contest with slogans including “Always wear a helmet,” “Check that your bike is working properly” and “Be aware of your surroundings” gave entrants a chance to win a gift certificate to Walmart. Kids who completed the obstacle course and wore a properly-fitted helmet were entered in a drawing in which organizers gave away 10 new bikes and two gift certificates for $150 to The Bicycle Shop.

All in all, Logan said, the event went well, although nobody has discussed doing it again next year.

“I do know that a number of people in both groups (Kiwanis and Trails Planning Team) told me they were pleased with how it went,” he said. “It was stupendous.”

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