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By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Bike rodeo peddles safety


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

A cowgirl checks to see that her tassles are secureld before pedalling out of a pit stop at Mechanic's Alley at the annual Terry's Tires Bike Rodeo Saturday. The equipment check was just one stop along the road to total bicycle awareness and Ron Shurman of Seward Bike Shop helped make sure that every spoke was aligned, bike pads were gripping and training wheels wouldn't coming spinning off in the course ahead. The event encourages fun and stresses safety including the wearing of helmets while bicycling this summer.

Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Sharon Pollard and grandsons Jack, 3, and Andrew, 4, enjoy the annual event named after Terry Pollard who spearheaded the bike rodeo before his death in 2007. Shoreside Petroleum's Helmet Junction helped youngsters keep their heads by offering a selection of helmets and facilitating equipment swaps. Within the cordoned off block of Adams Street, different rodeo officials point the way through mazes testing cornering abilities, general navigation and agility and courses highlighting traffic sign recognition, reading and processing. The free event, coordinated by Seward Parks and Rec, also made bike inspections and bike education available to all. Along with barrel racing, the obstacle course and free hot dogs and beverages, the first 75 participants rode away with Seward Police Department Chuckwagon T-shirts. Youth and adults alike kept grillmaster and Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons busy at the barbecue.


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