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Bike Rodeo teaches bike safety to local kids

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



John Cassidy, 9, is fitted for a new bike helmet by Justine Worley of the Pettis County Health Center Saturday morning at the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center. The Bike Rodeo was sponsored by the Osage Trails Cub Scouts. Worley said the Health Center had given away 40 new helmets during the morning. “We’re here to check all the riders’ helmets to make sure they fit properly and are safe,” Worley added.


Corben Wood, 5, listens to some final instructions before attempting one of the skill challenges at the Bike Rodeo. This was the first year for the event and organizers were hoping to show the participants the importance of bicycle safety and have them become interested in the opportunities scouting has to offer.


Jonathan Griffin, 8, looks on as Steve Champion inspects his bike. Champion, who owns Champion Bicycle,s was on hand to inspect all the participants’ bikes prior to them taking to the course. “I was in the Cub Scouts years ago and I wanted to help them out today,” Champion said. “A lot of the bikes need some care from the ones I have looked at so far.” Champion encouraged all bikers to keep their bikes indoors if possible. “Keeping the outside can be really hard on the bikes,” he added.


Ziva Cain navigates her way through the figure-eight challenge Saturday morning. Event organizers invited all area Boy and Girl Scout packs and troops from the Osage Trails district to attend the event. “We want to get the word out so all our kids understand the importance of bike safety,” Matt Johnson, assistant cub master from Pack 54, said.


Chase Stone, 9, chooses a bicycle pump after learning about the care and maintenance of his bike as part of the Bike Rodeo. The event was for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. “Today was really fun,” Stone said. “I got to race my friends, but there were also a lot of self challenges. I learned a lot.” Open Door provided safety items such tire pumps, lights and locks for the participants.


Bike Rodeo teaches bike safety to local kids

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

John Cassidy, 9, is fitted for a new bike helmet by Justine Worley of the Pettis County Health Center Saturday morning at the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center. The Bike Rodeo was sponsored by the Osage Trails Cub Scouts. Worley said the Health Center had given away 40 new helmets during the morning. “We’re here to check all the riders’ helmets to make sure they fit properly and are safe,” Worley added.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd072715bikes1.jpgJohn Cassidy, 9, is fitted for a new bike helmet by Justine Worley of the Pettis County Health Center Saturday morning at the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center. The Bike Rodeo was sponsored by the Osage Trails Cub Scouts. Worley said the Health Center had given away 40 new helmets during the morning. “We’re here to check all the riders’ helmets to make sure they fit properly and are safe,” Worley added.

Corben Wood, 5, listens to some final instructions before attempting one of the skill challenges at the Bike Rodeo. This was the first year for the event and organizers were hoping to show the participants the importance of bicycle safety and have them become interested in the opportunities scouting has to offer.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd072715bikes2.jpgCorben Wood, 5, listens to some final instructions before attempting one of the skill challenges at the Bike Rodeo. This was the first year for the event and organizers were hoping to show the participants the importance of bicycle safety and have them become interested in the opportunities scouting has to offer.

Jonathan Griffin, 8, looks on as Steve Champion inspects his bike. Champion, who owns Champion Bicycle,s was on hand to inspect all the participants’ bikes prior to them taking to the course. “I was in the Cub Scouts years ago and I wanted to help them out today,” Champion said. “A lot of the bikes need some care from the ones I have looked at so far.” Champion encouraged all bikers to keep their bikes indoors if possible. “Keeping the outside can be really hard on the bikes,” he added.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd072715bikes3.jpgJonathan Griffin, 8, looks on as Steve Champion inspects his bike. Champion, who owns Champion Bicycle,s was on hand to inspect all the participants’ bikes prior to them taking to the course. “I was in the Cub Scouts years ago and I wanted to help them out today,” Champion said. “A lot of the bikes need some care from the ones I have looked at so far.” Champion encouraged all bikers to keep their bikes indoors if possible. “Keeping the outside can be really hard on the bikes,” he added.

Ziva Cain navigates her way through the figure-eight challenge Saturday morning. Event organizers invited all area Boy and Girl Scout packs and troops from the Osage Trails district to attend the event. “We want to get the word out so all our kids understand the importance of bike safety,” Matt Johnson, assistant cub master from Pack 54, said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd052715bikes4.jpgZiva Cain navigates her way through the figure-eight challenge Saturday morning. Event organizers invited all area Boy and Girl Scout packs and troops from the Osage Trails district to attend the event. “We want to get the word out so all our kids understand the importance of bike safety,” Matt Johnson, assistant cub master from Pack 54, said.

Chase Stone, 9, chooses a bicycle pump after learning about the care and maintenance of his bike as part of the Bike Rodeo. The event was for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. “Today was really fun,” Stone said. “I got to race my friends, but there were also a lot of self challenges. I learned a lot.” Open Door provided safety items such tire pumps, lights and locks for the participants.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd072715bikes5.jpgChase Stone, 9, chooses a bicycle pump after learning about the care and maintenance of his bike as part of the Bike Rodeo. The event was for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. “Today was really fun,” Stone said. “I got to race my friends, but there were also a lot of self challenges. I learned a lot.” Open Door provided safety items such tire pumps, lights and locks for the participants.

The pedals were pumping as several young boys and girls enjoyed a morning of bicycle safety and fun at the Bicycle Rodeo hosted by the Osage Trails Cub Scouts Saturday morning at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center.

“We wanted to host this event to help teach the children about bicycle safety,” Megan Kreisel, a volunteer at the event, said. “If teaching the kids about safety can help save one of them or prevent an injury down the road then we have done our job today.”

The event was open to all children in kindergarten through fourth grade in Sedalia and surrounding communities.

Organizers were expecting 100 participants, but did not know what the turnout would be since this was the first time they sponsored the event.

“We really wanted to emphasize the importance of following the rules of the road to the participants,” Brianna Radu, event organizer, said. “It seems as I’m out in Sedalia I see a lot of kids riding in the middle of the street and not wearing safety equipment.

“It’s getting to be a big issue and we just wanted to help make others aware to try to prevent someone from getting hurt,” she added.

To help teach the young children the rules of the road, organizers enlisted older Boy Scouts from Troop 54 to provide instruction.

“We asked several of the older boys to come back and help with the event,” Matt Johnson, assistant Cub Master for Troop 54, said. “We have adults who are at every station to supervise, but it’s nice for the older boys to help because it allows them to work on their leadership skills.”

Boy Scout Austin Bohlen, a member of Troop 54, was on hand to talk to the youngsters at one of the first stations about rider safety.

Bohlen covered all aspects of the rules of the road from using directional hand signals to obeying all traffic laws.

He also covered the importance of wearing the proper clothing and safety helmets and always staying visible when riding.

“I did a rodeo like this when I was in the Cub Scouts,” Bohlen said. “It was a lot of fun and so I wanted to help them out with this event.”

Another former Cub Scout was on hand to inspect all the bikes before any of the riders took to the course.

Steve Champion, owner of Champion Bicycles, located at 600 E. Third St. in Sedalia, spent the day checking the bikes for safety concerns.

He and Don Goodall looked to see that the tires were inflated properly and the mechanical components, such as brakes, were in good working order.

“A lot of the bikes today need some care,” Champion said. “I was a Cub Scout years ago and so I wanted to volunteer my time to help and work on the bikes if they need some adjustments.

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give the kids and their parents is to keep the bikes indoors if they can,” he added. “If you keep them in a garage or shed and out of the elements, it really keeps them in better working condition and it also helps prevent against theft.”

Participants were given the opportunity to practice the safety skills they had learned by going through several obstacle courses and skill stations.

They also had the benefit of receiving a helmet from the Pettis County Health Center if their helmet did not fit properly or was not in acceptable condition.

Open Door also provided bike equipment to those in attendance.

Riders could choose from bicycle pumps, lights and locks among other items to make their bikes safer.

“We’re really fortunate to host an event like this at our facility,” Cliff McBride, of First United Methodist Church, said. “We are so blessed to have multiple Cub Masters from each pack who help make this happen.

“There is one vision for today and that is to help prevent one injury or save one life,” he added. “We may never know if we’ve done it but by doing an event like this we know we will have done our part to help make that happen.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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