Forest Preserve District sponsors summer bike safety clinics for kids

By on July 10, 2009

COUNTY—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is encouraging its youngest citizens to ride safely this summer, by hosting two “bicycle rodeos,” designed to teach bike safety to children.

The first bike rodeo is Saturday, July 11, at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. The event will take place at the lower shelter, nearest the lake. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave. The second bike rodeo is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Great Western Trailhead, south of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Dean Street. Both events are from 1 to 4 p.m.

The rodeos will include helmet-fitting stations, bike safety checks, tips on how to see and be seen on a bike, how to watch for potential hazards, and use of hand signals. The rodeos will include a riding course to teach young riders how to be safe and test their skills. Bike rodeo participants must bring their own bikes and helmets to participate. Forest Preserve officers will teach the course along with volunteers from local trail and rider groups and bicycle shops.

Each child who completes the bike rodeo will receive a certificate of completion. Plus, the district will give away free back sacks to the first 50 kids who complete the rodeo at either location.

“Families should bring their bikes and helmets and enjoy our wonderful trail system with the kids, after the rodeo course,” Police Chief Mike Gilloffo said.

There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP. Call the Community Affairs Department of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at (630) 444-3064.