Bike rodeo attracts 500 children to learn the rules of the road

Justin Dickie
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Students at Spring Street Academy were given a crash course on how not to crash on their bicycles with the school's bike rodeo Monday.

Over 500 kids participated in the event sponsored by Cooperators Insurance and Canadian Tire. The Amherst branch of the Canadian Red Cross and Mother Against Drunk Driving bordertown chapter were also helping with the safety lessons.

Bike rodeo attracts 500 children to learn the rules of the road

Students at Spring Street Academy were given a crash course on how not to crash on their bicycles with the school's bike rodeo Monday.

Over 500 kids participated in the event sponsored by Cooperators Insurance and Canadian Tire. The Amherst branch of the Canadian Red Cross and Mother Against Drunk Driving bordertown chapter were also helping with the safety lessons.

"It's for safety and awareness and to give the kids some idea of where to look for stuff when they're out on the street," said Const. Francis Smith of the Amherst police department.

Students were coached on how to use proper hand signals, what to do at a crosswalk and what different street signs mean. They also practiced their balance by weaving through pylons and had their bikes and equipment safety inspected.

Smith said safety checks like this are important because some parents don't bother to check and you never know what is wrong or what could go wrong with a bike.

"One kid took the brakes off his bike," Smith said. "I got his bike and his parents will have to come get it."

Student Zack Crowder made one thing clear when asked what he learned.

"I learned about riding my bike and going slow," he said. "Go slow. (Because if you don't) you could get hit by a car."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Street Academy, Cooperators Insurance, Canadian Tire Canadian Red Cross

Geographic location: Amherst

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