Bike rodeo being held May 7

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Parents looking to teach their children about bicycle safety will have the opportunity to do just that on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. when the Kyle Kendall Bicycle Safety Rodeo returns to the Standish Elementary School parking lot.

The bike rodeo began in 1996, and was later named after Kendall who was killed while riding his bike in the city of Standish.

Event Coordinator Kim Kroczaleski the event is free to the public and geared toward children 4 to 10 years old.

“We have set up an obstacle course with seven stations with different lessons for them to learn,” she said. “We want them to be able to learn how to start and stop safely and have a safe handling of their bike.”

Kroczaleski said it is important for children to have a “game plan” to help them prevent injuries.

The bike rodeo will feature bike and helmet inspections for all participants. Kroczaleski said local mechanics will be on hand to help make sure everyone’s bike is ready for the summer.

“We have some local volunteers available to make adjustments that can be done, which is a plus,” she said. “We will also be giving away helmets for anyone who needs one.”

Kroczaleski said each child will be fitted to make sure their helmet fits properly.

“We will give them one if they don’t have one,” she said. “We will also adjust their own helmet if they bring one along.”

The event will include a presentation focusing on brain injuries called, “Buckle Your Brain.”

Kroczaleski said milk and snacks will also be handed out to children in attendance.

She added that past events have featured up to 100 children.

“We usually have around 50 children at the event,” she said. “We get people from all across the county to come out.”

Kroczaleski the Kyle Kendall Bicycle Safety Rodeo will also be giving away two bikes, courtesy of the Kendall family.

“They are donating one girl bike and one boy bike,” she said. “Everyone who comes out will receive a certificate of completion.”

The Kyle Kendall Bicycle Safety Rodeo is sponsored by Balanced Medical Supply and the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department.

For information, contact Kroczaleski at 989-846-6328 or 989-846-9451.

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