Kids learn about bike safety at WSCC ‘Bike Rodeo’

SCOTTVILLE — Cold weather and rain haven’t stopped the “bike rodeo” at West Shore Community College in Scottville.

Parents with young children came to the parking lot of the WSCC Technical Center, stopping at various stations – seven in all, and which included bike tune-ups with local bike shops and training on the rules of the road, among other topics.

The event was designed to promote safe cycling for children, according to Alison Helminski – who also helped organize the event.

Helminski is a physical education teacher at a college in Ludington. She noted that there were issues in terms of basic safety for many of the children she supervised.

“…last year we did a bike day at school for the first time. And we recognize that there are a lot of kids – that their bikes just aren’t ready to ride, their chains dangling from their tires (there is) a lack of helmets, not really a clear idea of ​​what to… do in the driveways or do they ride on the sidewalks? Or don’t they…”, said Helminsky.

Helminski said she and a few other community members decided they needed in the community to teach kids about bike safety.

“…so we organized a group called ‘Shoreline Force: Families for Cycling Education. And we researched how we could bring information and some awareness to our community, not just in Ludington, but in the riverside communities all around us,” she said.

She noted that part of the research that they undertook. helped spark the idea of ​​doing this bike rodeo as a way to start safety training.

“…As a physical education teacher (I had heard of (the bike rodeo) for many, many years and had never been a part of it myself. So we contacted the West Shore Community College to partner with them because we think they have a great location it’s centrally located we could just close a parking lot and keep the kids safe while they learn and practice the skills.

Helminski has partnered with the community’s two local bike shops – Spindrift Cyclesports and Trailhead Bike Shop, as well as local law enforcement including the Mason County Sheriff and Scottville Police Department to ” to help our kids learn a safe way to ride their bike(s) and have a fun day training,” she said.

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