The 20th annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Wilson Gym parking lot on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.
All children from ages five to 12 years are invited to participate. The entry fee is $5 which includes a new bicycle helmet.
Participants with safe and legal helmets will be admitted for $1.
Entry fees are used to help defray the helmet costs. The child provides the bicycle, and a parent or guardian is required to accompany the child.
Las Vegas ordinances require persons under 18 to wear an appropriate helmet for all wheeled sports activities, including bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates, etc.
The Bike Safety Rodeo consists of a course of 13 stations where the participants register and are fitted with the proper helmet. A short discussion on safety and the rules of bike riding is given.
Bicycles are adjusted for size and safety before proceeding to the riding stations. In the remaining stations, the child practices and demonstrates the abilities to ride a bicycle in a safe manner.
For a $5, children who cannot participate in this year’s Bike Safety Rodeo may obtain appropriate sports helmets for bicycles, skiing, roller skating, skate boarding and other sports by contacting the Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth.
The Bike Safety Rodeo is sponsored by the New Mexico Safe Kids Coalition of Northern New Mexico, the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas, the Kiwanis International Motorcycle club, the Rosemarie Montoya State Farm Insurance Agency and other community volunteers.