The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Rotary Club of Clearfield, and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project will host a bike rodeo on Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Participants will be tasked with testing their cycling skills by completing a safety course set up in the CNB Bank parking lot at 31 S. Second St., Clearfield.
“Bicycling benefits cyclists by providing good 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 bring their bike and bike helmet. Parents should arrive early to complete registration paperwork.
According to 2020 PennDOT data, there were 787 bicycle crashes in 2020. There were 22 fatalities in those crashes.