AMHERST – Bring your bikes and your helmets the Amherst Stadium is hosting a bike rodeo on Thursday.
Amherst Police and Wal-Mart have partnered with the town’s Department of Community and Economic Development summer programs to host the rodeo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s all in education for youth to come and get involved with our bike rodeo and the town police to learn the rules of the road and to feel confident while riding a bicycle,” said Corey Crocker, physical activities co-ordinator for the town.
The idea behind the rodeo is to get youth more confident while riding to ensure the safety of all motorists. With more confidence, Crocker feels youth will have fewer issues with accidents and fines when traveling from location to location.
“I think youth are going to learn how to properly use hand signals and learn the rules of the road,” said Crocker. “They’re going to be big on helmet usage and keeping their helmets on.”
Helmet safety is becoming more important. Crocker said wearing a helmet protects cyclists from injury and riders should always wear them
“We need to eliminate injuries to youth and their brains,” said Crocker. “You can recover from a dislocated shoulder or a cracked bone. But I mean we only have one head and I think it’s important that this message is strong because we need less injuries, less head injuries.”
Rodeo participants are asked to bring their own bicycles and helmets to the event.
For any additional information, call Crocker at 667 – 6503.