Bike Rodeo Offers Young Cyclists Opportunity to Learn to Ride Safely

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Young bicyclists are invited to learn riding and safety tips during a Bike Safety Rodeo at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., on Saturday, May 12 from 12-3 pm.

“As one of the country’s most bicycle-friendly cities, we need to ready our next generation of cyclists on how to be safe on our roads,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Bike Rodeos are a fun way for our young people to learn how to safely ride their bicycles, and gain a skill that they can enjoy for a lifetime.”

Young bicyclists are welcome to come by with a bike and helmet to practice safe riding. Learn how to make quick stops, do quick turns, and keep an eye on traffic. The Bike Rodeo staff will assist riders with minor bike repairs and information on obtaining a bike license. Using games, children also learn about seat belts, as well as pedestrian and bike safety.

“As the weather warms and schools let out for summer, more and more of our children take to their bikes,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “Bike Rodeos are very important tools to keep young people and our streets safe.”

Even children without bikes can come and learn. A limited number of safety helmets are available to use at the rodeo.

Support of this program is provided by the Long Beach Public Library and a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

For more information on this event or other services available at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, please call 562.570.1046. For information on other Long Beach Public Library services and events, please visit www.lbpl.org or call 562.570.7500.

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