Bike riding is a lot of fun, especially when you are prepared and know the rules of the road. Bring your bike and a helmet and learn how to ride safely at the 2nd Annual Bike Safety Rodeo, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the Youth Activity Park near Dardenne Prairie.
Children ages 4–15 learn the rules of biking with experts from the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department. They’ll learn bike control, handling skills, hand signals and balance. After mastering the rules of the roads, participants test their skills on an obstacle course that simulates challenges that can be encountered while riding on the street. A simulated street course lets participants experience what to do at a stop sign, two-way intersection, when passing an emergency vehicle, encountering animal crossings and riding near parked cars. When they complete the street course, these more experienced riders advance to the next level by riding the course on the natural surface trails in the park.
Sponsored by St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Momentum Bike Shop, staff are on hand to teach children about the importance of wearing a bike helmet and following the rules of the road. Hospital staff provide helmet fittings and sell helmets for $11, and bike shop staff offer bike safety inspections.
The event is free! Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ups are welcome. To register for the Bike Safety Rodeo, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or visit http://bit.ly/2K4bCO0.