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ANNUAL BIKE SAFETY RODEO

Learning to ride a bicycle is one of the most exciting times in a child's life - it also can be one of the riskiest. Nationally, about 200 bicyclists under the age of 15 die every year, 75 to 80 percent of those suffering head trauma. Most state laws now require that children under age 12 wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle. The City of St. Peters holds its annual community bicycle Derby every September, in an effort to stress the importance of bicycle safety and bicycle helmet use. 

At the Derby, parents were helped to establish these safe patterns of behavior by making sure that children age 15 and under understood what is involved in riding safely in the community. Rick Oloteo, St. Peters director of Recreation and Ranger Division Operations, was quoted as saying "The annual bike Derby is a day where youth learn their limitations." According to local BMX sponsors, bicycle crashes are one of the most frequent causes of injury-related deaths among children. The Derby gives all local youth an opportunity to have their bicycles inspected to make sure they are in good working order. They also learn and experience the rules of safety and just have some good all-American fun as they challenge themselves and others on the quality track established for their use.
We saw and talked to more than one adult onlooker who would have loved to get out there and try their luck and skill on that track themselves! Click here for photos of this event.


The Annual Bike Safety Rodeo is an annual event scheduled at the BMX track at Brown Road Park (100 Brown Rd.) near Old Town St. Peters. Riders age 5-15 will test their skills on the regulation track.
Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in many age categories. Riders will be matched with others according to their age and skill level.
Pre-registration is required at the Rec-Plex front desk at 5200 Mexico Rd. Info. is available at 636-939-2386.

 

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