Bicycle rodeo set for this month

Published 10:14 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Children learn about bicycle safety at a previous Troop 1929 bicycle rodeo. This year’s event is set for April 28.

As winter turns to spring, it’s the time of year when children are dusting off their bicycles and hitting the streets.

With this annual phenomenon, the need to teach children bicycle safety is renewed, Suffolk-based Boy Scout Troop 1929 Cubmaster Cindy Fegley says.

To that end, the troop will hold what it calls a bicycle rodeo from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 28, in the First Baptist Church parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Finney Avenue.

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“It’s spring now, and everybody’s breaking out the bicycles and we’re seeing more of them out in the neighborhoods,” Fegley said.

“We want to make sure the kids are protected and they know how to ride safely.”

The event will include activities and entertainment designed to promote bicycle safety. “It’s generally been a kind of combination of fun things for them, but also a learning experience,” Fegley said.

A bicycle obstacle course designed by the Suffolk Police Department will teach road safety, and kids can explore a fire engine.

Bicycle helmet safety checks will demonstrate proper usage. “A lot of time you see them they’re perched on the back of the head,” Fegley said.

Helmets will also be given away, thanks to the Brain Injury Law Center and the Lynn A. Chiaverotti Memorial Fund.

Bicycle inspection and safety checks will be available, and Fegley hopes to have someone on hand registering bicycles with the City of Suffolk.

“We’ll be teaching kids the rules of the road; the hand signals, things like that; and making sure they know how to ride safely on the road,” she said.

“A lot of times you see kids on bikes that are the wrong size for them. We want them to understand how one that’s too small can be unsafe because it’s awkward for them to control.

“As a service project for the community, we want to make sure that the kids have the right equipment and that they understand how to ride properly.”

Members of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will attend, and Fegley hopes to also have Gold Wing Road Riders Association members.

The troop also hopes to raise awareness of Boy Scouts at a time when parents and children are beginning to ponder summer camp options. “This is a perfect time to sign up for Scouting,” Fegley said.

“Parents are looking at summer camps … and in the next month or so we’re going to be enrolling for Cub Scouts day camp.

“In terms of cost … it’s by far one of the least expensive camps you can send the kids to … (but) you have to be enrolled in Scouting to go.”

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