A couple weekends ago we attended a bike rodeo put on by our local Optimist Club, local bike shop and the Police. It was a great FREE event that taught the kids all about bike safety. The kids had a blast and I thought I would share the event with you because this would be something really fun to do right in your own neighbourhood to teach the kids about bike safety.
Station #1 – Kids helmets and bikes were checked and air was put in their tires.
– Have some of the neighbourhood parents ready with bicycle pumps to fill up the kid’s tires
– Adjust seats to the correct height to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended
– As a bell is an important safety feature for a bike. Perhaps give all kids participating a new bell for their bike!
Station #2 – The kids were tested on their knowledge of traffic signals, arm signals and some basic road signs
– Print these signs out and have the kids match the name and meaning of the sign to the picture. Review answers if incorrect
– Have all kids practice their arm signals as they will need to use these in the last station
Station #3 – Hopping on their newly tuned up bikes the had to show that they were steady enough to ride a straight line (made to look like a bike lane) while properly doing shoulder checks looking for cars. There we people holding up pictures of cars and when the children saw these they were to look over their shoulder and yell “CAR”
– Mark out 2 straight lines with sidewalk chalk that they need to ride between.
– Place some pictures of cars along this path either on the ground or have adults hold them. When they are beside the pictures of cars have them do a shoulder check and yell out. This shows their alertness as well as their ability to stay between the lines when doing a shoulder check.
Station #4 – The kids needed to show their ability to manoeuvre their bike through some pylons to show that they had control of their bike and the ability to safely avoid debris they might encounter
– Again, mark out a path they need to stay within and place items in their path that they need to safely manoeuvre around.
Station #5 – This last station was set up as little roads with stop signs where they were required to stop, look and use the appropriate hand signals to signal their turn.
– Get that chalk ready again. Mark out a few different pathways that lead to chalk drawn stop signs. At each different stop sign have them turn in different directions to allow them to try and remember their hand signals.
Bike Rodeo complete! Congratulate all the Rodeo participants with a certificate and a fun summer treat like popsicles or freezies
Check out our blog post Bike Safely for some additional ideas on teaching your children about being safe while riding their bikes.