Kids gear up for spring biking with Mount Mercy University Bike Rodeo

Free helmets, bike safety checks, and a fun obstacle course are all part of the upcoming Bike Rodeo for kids on Saturday, May 13, 2–4 p.m. at Mount Mercy University in the upper Warde Hall parking lot off of Warde Court NE.

Hosted by the Mount Mercy University Bike Club, club members hope to pass on their passion for biking to area kids while also teaching important bike safety lessons. Children who attend will have an opportunity to win a new bike, but should bring their own bikes to the event.

“Our bike rodeo is a great opportunity for children to have fun biking, while also learning to be safe” said President of the MMU Bike Club Mark Mettler. “We had a great turnout for the rodeo last year, and we expect to have even more families this year.”

Warmer spring weather means more kids will be out on bikes, and that can mean more bike accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children aged 5-14 and young adults aged 15-24 “have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, accounting for more than one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments.”

During the Bike Rodeo, children will have the opportunity to ride their bikes through an obstacle course, while learning hand signals and proper turning etiquette. Bike experts from Northtowne Cycling and Fitness will offer free bike safety inspections. Early attendees will receive free helmets from UnityPoint Health, and all kids can enter in a drawing to win a free bike from Northtowne (valued up to $350). 

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the MMU Bike Club, Northtowne Cycling and Fitness, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and UnityPoint Health.

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