The Del Sol Lions Club and BikeWalkSolana announced a community partnership to host a Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo set for Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School.
The Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo is designed to teach elementary school students and their parents the importance of a fun and safe bike-riding experience through a series of interactive stations. The event will include important bike riding lessons like proper helmet fitting, how to perform a bike safety inspection, the rules of the road, and safe routes to school. Students need to bring their bike to the event and the Rodeo will include a skills assessment course with on-site instruction.
“The Del Sol Lions are excited to partner with BikeWalkSolana and donate $300 to this important event,” said Linette Page, president of the Del Sol Lions. “Children learn to ride a bike as early as 5 years old. Teaching kids to have a fun and safe experience on a bike early in life can pay dividends towards a long-term healthy lifestyle choice for the future.”
Practicing safe bicycle riding is an important community issue – especially in Solana Beach where pelotons of cyclists can be spotted on Highway 101 each weekend. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries. Additionally, it is estimated that helmet use by children under 15 years old would prevent as many as 45,000 head injuries annually. Raising community awareness about the importance of bike safety can provide generations of safe bike riding for families in Solana Beach.
BikeWalkSolana is a local community group advocating for better and safer bicycling and walking facilities in Solana Beach. They serve to foster the growth of cycling and walking to improve the quality of life in the community by promoting it as a safe transportation alternative for residents and visitors.
“Biking and walking are an important piece of the fabric of our community and children should be encouraged to ride their bikes in safe conditions with permission from parents,” said Douglas Alden, chairman of BikeWalkSolana. “The Bike Safety Rodeo will provide parents and students with the knowledge to have a safe bike-riding family experience. This event puts the topic of bike safety to the forefront and will get parents talking with their kids about this healthy lifestyle choice.”
Parents and students are both encouraged to bring their bikes to the Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School, 606 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 92075. For more information, please contact: Linette Page at Del Sol Lions, 858-243-3336 or Douglas Alden at BikeWalkSolana, 858-344-8255.
The Del Sol Lions serve those in need and youth in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Carmel Valley. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. For more information, please visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/delsol/.