|Bicycle rodeo Saturday at RC Community Center
The second annual free family bicycle skill and safety rodeo takes place in the back parking lot of the Rohnert Park Community Center on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-noon.
Children (ages 5-13 recommended) will gain bicycling skills and learn rules of the road in a fun, safe environment. Guided by trained Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition instructors, children will improve their bicycling competence while riding on several simulated skill/safety stations. Children will also have their helmets fitted properly by community volunteers; low cost ($8) helmets will be available while supplies last. Bicycle mechanics from Hub Cyclery in Cotati will provide safety inspections and minor adjustments to children’s bicycles. Participating children receive a novelty “bicycle license” upon course completion.
Registration occurs on site, and parent permission is required. Parents are encouraged to attend, and adult education resources and/or “bicycling with children” guidance will be available.
“Supporting this kind of event is just one example of community service provided by the VFW and the American Legion,” said Warren Hopkins, Post Commander of the Rohnert Park chapter of the Veterans of Foreign War. “We hope the partnership with the Community Services Department of Rohnert Park and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is both fun and successful at teaching bicycle safety to children and families.”
“We were thrilled when the Veterans of Foreign War asked us to put on a second family bike rodeo for the city of Rohnert Park,” said Tina Panza, Director of the Safe Routes to School Program for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, “The mission of our SRTS program is to educate kids and parents about how to bicycle (and walk) safely and encourage them to choose active transportation as often as possible. Partnerships, support and funding from service organizations and local jurisdictions are essential to enable us to provide these services to the community.”
Other organizations supporting this event include St. Joseph’s Health Foundation, Operation Lifesaver, Rohnert Park Police Department, and Serious Hooky Design. The Rohnert Park Community Center is located at 5401 Snyder Ln.