The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Bike rodeo peddles young riders into safe direction

 

Jenny Ennis helps guide her son, Jack, around a barrel on the obstacle course at the Terry's Tires Bike Rodeo on Saturday. The event is held annually to help teach safety to young bicycle riders.

The annual Terry's Tires Bike Rodeo held this past Saturday morning in front of Seward City Hall was a thrilling experience for dozens of youngsters. It also delivered a very serious message: Safety prevents accidents and saves lives.

Jason Bickling checks the fit on a new bicycle helmet for his daughter, Maren, during the annual Terry's Tires Bike Rodeo. Helmets were provided at a discount courtesy of various sponsors, including Shoreline Petroleum.

"It's about teaching them how to control their bodies while riding and learning about their bikes," said Jose McClain. "This is a fun, fun event but it's all about safety. Teaching the kids about safety is important."

As part of the 2-hour event, area youths were able to register the bicycles with the Seward Police Department, learn about their bicycles and how to maintain them, and obtain a bicycle helmet at a reduce price – thanks to the support of local sponsors, including Terry's Tires and Shoreline Petroleum. The youngsters also had the opportunity to ride their bicycles through a fun obstacle course, which was created by the local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

The whole event left attendees pleased.

"This is such an awesome thing," said Jenny Ennis, who brought her two children. "We make a point to come and do this every year. My children love it."

 

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