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Rotary gears up for bike rodeo

Austin George, 9, of Olathe, comes to a quick stop at the second station of the Shawnee Rotary Bike Rodeo in 2007. At left is Leon Logan, Rotary Club volunteer. This year's bike rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mill Valley High School.

Austin George, 9, of Olathe, comes to a quick stop at the second station of the Shawnee Rotary Bike Rodeo in 2007. At left is Leon Logan, Rotary Club volunteer. This year's bike rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mill Valley High School.

August 18, 2010

With a new school year just beginning many students are exercising their wheels on the way to class.

On Saturday, the Shawnee Rotary Club and the city of Shawnee will sponsor the sixth annual Bike Safety Rodeo to help elementary school-aged students insure their trips on bicycles will be safe.

The rodeo will consist of bicycle-riding skill stations, a helmet-fitting station and a bicycle inspection station. Bicycle riders who complete the skill stations and bike inspections will receive a bicycle riding safety certificate.

Capt. Rob Moser, Shawnee Police Department spokesman and Rotary Club member, said children will learn to turn and look over their shoulder while riding, ride in figure eight, traverse through a row of cones, learn to stop when given a specific distance and learn the proper hand signals while changing lanes, turning and stopping.

“It is extremely important to be pro-active with regard to bike safety.” Moser said. “Learning to be visible, obey all traffic laws, maintain awareness of your surroundings and proper use of safety gear are skills all riders should strive for in every outing.

“The Shawnee Rotary Bike Rodeo is a great start for some, and the perfect reminder for others when preparing for bike safety.”

The rodeo will serve young bikers from both public and private area elementary schools.

Families are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets for safety inspection.

Admission to the event is free and includes a new helmet, if necessary, a T-shirt, goodie bag and a bike-safety skill completion certificate.

The rodeo will also feature prize drawings throughout the event. A grand prize drawing of a new TREK bicycle, donated by the Shawnee Mission Outpatient Pavilion, will also take place.

The Bike Safety Rodeo runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Mill Valley High School, 5900 Monticello Road.

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