On Saturday the 10th of April, Onalaska held their annual Safety Day & Bike Rodeo. This annual event is hosted by the Onalaska Parks and Recreation Department and covers many areas of safety. There where firemen, police, dogs and all kinds of other fun stuff going on including a bike rodeo for kids. Members of the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition along with others, help to put on a very successful bike rodeo and gave away dozens of helmets to kids. Even though it was a bit chilly and rain passed quickly through once or twice, everyone had a great time.

The rodeo included a quick bike inspection provided by Kevin Miller of Blue Heron Bicycles, Onalaska. Which was then followed by a helmet check. Kids that did not have a helmet, or had an improperly fitted helmet were then fitted with new and fully adjustable helmets before starting the course. The course reinforced road skills, bike handling and safety.

For me personally, I get the most out of bike rodeos seeing the kids smiles before, during and especially after they complete the rodeo course. It is our hope that they will also become better and safer bicyclists and that the knowledge they gain and the fun they have will lead to a lifetime of bicycling and health.

If your organization/group/school would like to learn more about bike rodeos read here or contact the DRBC, we would love to help.

Here are a few images from the day:

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