Clearfield, Pennsylvania – Kids can test their bike skills, master hand signals and learn about bike safety at a bike rodeo later this month.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Rotary Club of Clearfield and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project will host the bicycle rodeo Saturday May 21 at 3 p.m.
Participants will be responsible for testing their cycling skills by taking a safety skills course set up in the CNB Bank car park at 31 S. Second Street, Clearfield.
“Bicycling benefits cyclists by allowing them to exercise and benefits the community by reducing vehicle emissions and highway maintenance costs,” said PennDOT District Manager Tom Zurat. “Teaching bike safety at a young age allows young people in our community to learn a valuable life skill that will benefit them and their community for years to come.”
In addition to the safety skills course, there will be free bike safety inspections and helmet fittings. A limited number of free bicycle helmets, provided by the Rotary Club of Clearfield, will be available for participants who do not have their own.
Children must wear a helmet when negotiating the skills course. Additionally, Pennsylvania law requires all children under 12 to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, as well as their bicycle and bicycle helmet. Parents should arrive early to complete registration paperwork.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers many ways to learn more about bike safety online.
Fun Activity Sheets – Printable puzzles, worksheets and science bulletins for different age groups can be found here.
Safety Brochure – Learn about hand signals and helmet rules by printing your own copy of “A bicycle is not a toy.”
Bicycle Rider’s Manual – Adults can learn more about Pennsylvania bicycle laws and regulations through the state’s website. official manual.
Always Stay Safe – The PennDOT website has a section dedicated to a variety of safety topics, including bicycles.