27 April, 2015

Bike Rodeo

Student article about our Bike Rodeo!


A special program called the Bike Rodeo visits many schools each year. The kids are separated into three groups, and sent to separate stations: cycle circles, obstacle courses, and rules of the road. Each station serves a different purpose, but the whole Bike Rodeo has one main purpose - to get kids ready for biking on the streets.

On the day of the event, all fourth graders brought or ride a bike or scooter to school. A few of us come early to help set up. We lock our bikes outside (if we have one), and we stand our scooters inside or right outside the classroom (if we have one). Once it’s time to get to the stations, we get five minutes to put our helmets on and get our bikes or scooters. Then we walk our bikes and scooters to the stations.
The first two stations were the Obstacle Course and Rules of the Road. For the Obstacle Course, you are given a beanbag to drop in a bucket on the left to practice turn signals. You then turn left where you run over a set of two inch tall tires, then onto a curve, onto a seesaw, and finally, back in line. On your second turn, you drop a beanbag into the bucket on the right, and then you turn right. You ziz-zag to avoid cones and, finally go over a track of fake railroad to practice crossing old tracks. After you’ve done both of these obstacles, you do them over again until it is time to switch stations.
The station Rules of the Road is set up like a real road and has stop signs and yield signs to practice stopping and yielding. We bike around and use the main two rules – whoever was waiting the longest at the stop sign goes first, and only stop at a yield sign if someone is there.

The next station was Cycle Circles. Cycle Circles is three connected circles drawn with chalk. The kids all line up and start riding in a line. Whenever someone gets to the intersection, they use the same rule they used at the previous station: whoever gets there first, goes first. The instructor suggested we slow down when we see someone coming before we got to the intersection, though, so we didn’t have to stop.

To top off the end of an awesome event, we had a race. This race was different, though. Instead of the winner being the first one to the opposite end, the winner was the last one to the opposite end. There were two conditions; you couldn’t put your foot on the ground, and you couldn’t zig- zag. If you did either, you were disqualified. A lot of kids didn’t come close to winning, but in the end, there was almost a tie.

In conclusion, the Bike Rodeo gets kids ready for biking on the open road and teaches them the importance of safety. This is a great way to teach kids safety while still having fun. Bike Rodeo is a very well thought-out idea. This was one of the best days of the year!