Optimists hold Bike Rodeo to Promote safe cycling for youth
by Sandy Lindsay

May 29, 2016

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Paul Salter (R) watches Finn Cushnie execute the pilon course with flying colours

The Optimist Club, in partnership with Mowbray's Canadian Tire and the support of Saugeen Shores Police Service finally got to hold their 'Bike Rodeo' on Saturday May 28th (2016).

The Rodeo was to have been held the prior weekend but was postponed due to weather.  Mother Nature however, cooperated on May 28th with hot, sunny weather that brought many young cyclists out to the event at Saugeen Central School in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores).

Ever the optimist, Optimist Brenda Vanderploeg

The Rodeo was held to teach cycling safety and also provided a bike safety check on equipment.  Each cyclist registered also received a bell for his/her bike ... a must for cycling safety.

Charlotte Wilken picked out a red bell  

Optimist Kevin Larson demonstrated correct hand signal to make a left turn

Kyra Faulkner had no problem with the tricky pilon course ....

... but riding the plank was no easy task

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Constable Ian Clarke, who is part of the D.A.R.E. program held in elementary schools in the community, thought he would try his hand at the course.  "How hard can it be?" said Clarke. 

Stop here officer !

The 'Spiral' was harder than it looked ....

... whoops!

hmmm .... maybe more the Constable's speed?

The course included several activities that tested the riders' skill and safety knowledge and, upon completion, the riders went into the school to complete a written quiz and then were treated to a prize table and the best part for many ... ice cream.

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