UPDATE: Bike Club offering bike safety event to area kids

Rescheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2–4 p.m., due to weather.

Mount Mercy University’s Bike Club will teach the essentials of bike safety to children at Arthur Elementary School’s Bike Rodeo event April 10, 2–4 p.m.

Geared towards kids in grades K–5, the event will feature multiple stations where young riders can learn valuable bike safety lessons as well as how to take care of their bicycles.

“It’s important to expose kids early on to the benefits of bike riding to get them excited about riding bicycles,” said Mark Mettler, MMU Bike Club president and junior business management major. “It’s also important to show them how to enjoy bike riding and be safe at the same time.”

Sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Northtowne Cycling and Fitness, and Unity Point Health, free helmets will be given to the first 50 kids who attend the event, located in the parking lot of Arthur Elementary, 2630 B Ave. NE. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bicycles to participate, but a few extras will be available for loan.

“I hope that kids and their parents develop a deeper appreciation and love of biking,” said Mettler, who hopes that with success, this event will become a yearly educational experience for area youth.

This is event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Mettler at mmettler0681@mustangs.mtmercy.edu.

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