Bike Safety Rodeo shows kids how to roll in Solana Beach

BikeWalkSolana reminded children and parents that safety comes first when walking, riding or rolling to school and around Solana Beach during the community group’s fall Bicycle Safety Rodeo Nov. 16 at La Colonia Park.

About 20 children in first through sixth grade participated in the event, which included a bike safety inspection and helmet fitting, and emphasized the rules of the road.

“Kids don’t get a chance to learn about bike safety in school, so it’s important for them to get a chance to learn the rules,” said Solana Beach resident Karl Rudnick, a certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and a committee member for BikeWalkSolana, a local community group that works for better and safer bicycling and walking facilities, and promotes cycling and walking in Solana Beach.

A dozen volunteers worked at the event, where participants learned about bike safety by going through a series of interactive stations on their bikes. John Gadbois of Revolution Bikes inspected and fixed bikes. Participants also received free flashing taillights, which were provided at a discount by the local bike shop.

“It’s actually safer riding in real bike lanes now,” noted Rudnick, who pointed at the city’s improvements to Highway 101, as well as the traffic-calming updates on Santa Helena. “Solana Beach is continually improving the bicycle infrastructure throughout the city to make it more safe.”

BikeWalkSolana hosted the event in partnership with the city of Solana Beach, Del Sol Lions Club and Revolution Bikes.

The group plans to host another Bike Safety Rodeo in the spring.

“It’s important for kids to go to these rodeos because it’s one of the few opportunities to learn the rules of the road,” Rudnick said. “We’re going to continue holding these until everybody knows it.”

For information about BikeWalkSolana, visit bikewalksolana.org.

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