About the Bike Rodeo
Every Fall, third graders are invited to participate in the Bicycle Rodeo. This bicycle event was developed by the Cascade Bicycle Club to promote safe bicycle riding. Participating in the program will be a visit by professional bicycle mechanics from Gerk’s Ski and Cycle and some of our own Mercer Island bicycle cops. Helmets will also be checked for proper fit. After completing the Rodeo, children may ride their bikes to school with parental approval.
2018 Bike Rodeo
This year’s Bike Rodeo will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 9:30am-11:30am. Look for detailed information to be sent home with students.
Join the fun and volunteer! We need many parents from each class to make the Bike Rodeo a success. To volunteer, sign up at welcome coffee, curriculum night, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, phone number and your child’s teacher.
- Labeled bikes and helmets can be dropped off before school on the day of Bike Rodeo.
- Bike — Label it with your child’s name
- Pump the tires
- Lock. Bikes will be left outside unattended after the rodeo
- Pick up. Your children can either ride home after school or you can pick up the bikes at 1:00 pm from school after the rodeo. Bikes will be parked on school grounds unattended after the rodeo.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- My child is nervous about riding her bike during the rodeo. What should I tell her? This is a non-stress event. The primary reason for the event is safety education, not a test. Some kids get worried because there is a course to ride bikes and their friends are watching. They can choose to ride or not ride the course during the event.
- Does my child have to bring his bike? No, but it is a lot of fun to have your bike. Several kids don’t have bikes each year. If he has a helmet though, bring it so he can get fitted.
- Does my child need a lock? You can use your own judgement. Bikes will be dropped off and locked in the gym until the bike rodeo. Then, the bikes are moved to rodeo by the children. After the rodeo they are left UNATTENDED outside from 1:00 pm until the end of school. Locks are not part of the rodeo education. If you don’t use a lock, you do so at your own risk.
More on the Bike Rodeo (Article 2012)
Eager children on bikes, enthusiastic parents with signs, friendly policemen checking helmets, all on hand for Lakeridge Elementary School’s annual Bike Rodeo. Held in the South Mercer Playfield parking lot, the “rodeo” consists of a series of stations for children to demonstrate their bike handling and safety skills.
- How do you enter a street from a driveway?
- How do you steer around obstacles in the road?
- What do you do first when you come to an intersection?
- See if you can ride straight ahead and “scan” for cars and other riders behind and to your side.
All of these skills are critical for bike riders of all ages, but particularly important for young riders venturing out on their own for the first time.
“The children really look forward to riding their bikes to school,” said teacher Lucy Anderson. “It’s like a ‘rite of passage’ to experience the freedom of greater independence.” But it’s also a huge responsibility for the students, parents and community to make sure the children have the skills and understand the “rules of the road” for bike riders. “We are incredibly grateful to our parent volunteers, the Mercer Island police and parent Brian Gierke of Gerk’s Ski and Cycle for helping us teach the children about bike safety,” said Amy Fujishige, parent and PTA coordinator of the event. “Bike Rodeo has become a tradition at Lakeridge that helps all of us be more confident when we watch our children cycle to school for the first time.”