Kalamazoo ‘Bike Rodeo’ will get kids ready for summer biking

The City of Kalamazoo is hosting a fun “Bike Rodeo” on Wednesday, May 11 at the baseball stadium (Mayor’s Riverfront Park). It’s actually a bike clinic, and the goal is to make kids’ bikes safer and also give out free stuff.

One of the highlights is using a bike as a blender and making cider or berry slushies. And at 7:00 p.m., when the event is over, have them on the edges of the baseball diamond (weather permitting).

Here are the details: This free bike “rodeo” clinic runs from 5-7 p.m. on May 11 and the city says it will work on bike skills with kids and also offer safety checks on bikes and bikes. related equipment.

This is where parents can (and should) get involved, bringing the kids in and having their bikes and helmets checked for fit and overall safety. Public safety officers will be on hand for this and will run a bike safety course, which will include a number of stations, teaching a number of cycling skills.

The city also says the Open Roads cycling group will provide “a bike repair station for bikes in need of minor repairs or tune-ups” and that might be the most useful thing at the event. The organization “Fresh Food is Fun” is at the origin of the mixer bike.

And yes, there was a mention of free stuff. The city says each child will receive a goody bag with a water bottle, bike light and reflective spoke sticks. For children who don’t have one, 100 bicycle helmets will be provided free of charge to those who don’t have one. And as if that were not enough, four bikes will be offered.

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