Bike Rodeo: Kinship, local sponsors offering bicycling safety event for kids

For the Tomahawk Leader

TOMAHAWK – Kids ages 4 to 14 are invited to take part in a bicycle safety event in Tomahawk next weekend.

The Bike Rodeo, offered by Kinship of Tomahawk in conjunction with ten other local sponsors, will be held in the Crossbridge Community Bank parking lot on E. Wisconsin Ave. on Saturday, June 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kinship said the event is “designed to teach bicyclists the skills they need to be better cyclists.”

“By learning bike handling and traffic skills, one can enjoy bicycling more and reduce the chance of injury,” Kinship stated.

As part of the Bike Rodeo, bike checks and helmet checks will be offered at no cost. Several refurbished bikes and free helmets will be available for those who need them.

After getting properly equipped, bikers will work their way through a variety of stations that focus on important aspects of cycling.

“Participants will practice the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards,” Kinship stated.

Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate, goodie bag and popcorn or cotton candy.

Each participant will also receive one raffle ticket for a new girl’s bike and a new boy’s bike, donated by Taves Construction. The winners will be drawn during the event.

For more information on the Bike Rodeo, contact Kinship Executive Director Patti Hilgendorf at 715-966-0996.

Joining Kinship in sponsoring the Bike Rodeo are Aspirus Community Health Improvement, Coasters Cycle Works, Crossbridge Community Bank, Domtar Paper, the Gifts from Heaven Foundation, the Mike and Leslie Hilgendorf family, Taves Construction, Tomahawk Pharmacy ,Trig’s of Tomahawk and Woodland Lakes Realty.

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