Washington police along with the Washington Optimist Club are cosponsoring the 37th annual bicycle safety rodeo Saturday, May 19, at the Washington Fairgrounds swine pavilion.
Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the event will begin at 10 a.m.
The event is for children ages 5-13. Each participant must be accompanied by a parent or young adult.
Children will be divided into three age groups to compete — ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13. Trophies will be awarded for each age group with the best score.
The girl and boy with the best score from the entire competition will each win a bike. There also will be attendance prizes.
During the event, children will go through five different skill stations — slow speed, which tests balance at a slow speed; circling and change in direction, which tests balance and momentum; short radius turning, which tests the ability to turn a bike around easily and smoothly; straight-line control, which tests poise and control in riding in a straight, unwavering line; and weaving, which tests the ability to change directions quickly.
Children who have bicycles with training wheels will be allowed to participate in the skill stations but will not be scored for the competition to win a trophy.
Participants must bring their own bike and wear a bike helmet.
All participants will receive a piece of pizza donated by Domino’s Pizza, and soda, cookies and a water bottle for their bike donated by the Optimist Club.
In addition, all participants will receive a helmet donated by the Steve Thiemann family, Optimist Club and Mercy Hospital Washington.
Mercy also will have a representative at the event to inspect and size bicycle helmets.
Revolution Cycles will inspect and perform light repairs to all participants’ bikes beforehand.
The police department will offer bicycle licensing.
There also will be a children’s fun area that will include storytelling, face painting, bubble blowing and crafts. The children’s area is sponsored by the Washington Public Library.
A representative from Mercy Hospital will conduct car seat safety checks and installations too. Car seats should be removed from the box and put together prior to attending the event.
At last year’s bicycle safety rodeo, there were 93 children who participated.
For more information, people may call the police department at 636-390-1050.