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    GearHeads was on hand to carefully inspect each bicycle for safety. Liam Johnson lent his expertise and checked out Brody Leger’s bike. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Oliver and Rose Smith may have been too young to officially go through the obstacle course, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t enjoy the Bike Rodeo. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Terra Vaillancourt, 6, make her way through the obstacle course.(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Terra Vaillancourt, 6, make her way through the obstacle course.(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Learning safe cycling at annual bike rodeo

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday May 24, 2018


For 30 years, the annual Petawawa Community Policing Committee’s Bicycle Rodeo has taught children how to stay safe on the road. This year’s event attracted the largest number of youngsters, with hundreds descending on the Petawawa Civic Centre, eager to not only reinforce their cycling skills, but also get their bicycles and helmets inspected by professionals.

“We had 130 registered participants, and quite a few children too young to register still got to go through the rodeo,” said organizer Chris Pombiere.

As the weather heats up, refreshing their knowledge becomes more and more important as kids navigate area roads and paths. These six to 13 year olds also had the chance to win medals, helmets and new bicycles.

The May 5 event was hosted through a partnership between the Petawawa Public Library, the Petawawa Family Cycle Club, the Town of Petawawa, the Ontario Provincial Police, GearHeads and EGM Insurance.