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YNDC Holds First Bike Rodeo at Taft Elementary

Thursday, May 11, 2017

YNDC held the first Bike Rodeo at Taft Elementary School Family Night.  A Bike Rodeo is an event that teaches youth the skills needed to be safe bicyclists. Parents were encouraged to sign in, discuss safety precautions, and assist their child on the bicycle course.  There were four stations in which children could demonstrate their biking skills: helmet and bike fitting; start and stop; scanning; and the practice area obstacle course.  Educators were available at each station to discuss the importance of wearing a helmet, help students improve on their skills, and address unsafe biking behavior.  After completing the course, students were entered into a raffle to win a prize.  At the end of the event, a winner was announced and she was presented with a new bike, lock, and helmet!  This event is part of the Safe Routes to School project, a collaboration between the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Youngstown City School District, the City of Youngstown, the Red Zone and City Kids Care.  The projects seeks to improve health and well-being by encouraging youth and their families to become physically active by providing safe, fun ways to walk and bike to school.