Do you know kids that could benefit from this weekend’s bike safety training?

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is holding three bike safety clinics this upcoming weekend.  On May 6, Le Mars will be holding a clinic from 5:30 to 7 PM at 33 First Street NE, north of the Olson Center.  Sioux City will be holding two safety clinics on May 7.  The first clinic is 9 AM to 11 AM on May 7 at the Sioux City Farmers Market at Triview & Pearl.  The second is at Morningside Branch Library, 4005 Morningside Ave.,  from 1 PM to 3 PM on May 7.  

If your own kids, grandkids, or neighbor kids need bike safety training, encourage them to attend this weekend’s bike safety clinic.  A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign permission forms. 

Bicycle Safety Clinics, also known as bike rodeos, provide a car-free, closed course that allows kids to navigate traffic simulations on their bicycles with the assistance of adults coaching them on bike safety.  The bike safety clinics are free to attend.  

Participants will have their bikes inspected for proper air, brakes, and mechanical safety.  Kids are taught bicycle handling skills, hand signals, and operations around stop signs and yield signs.  Kids have the opportunity to go through the course multiple times to reinforce lessons learned. 

Bike Safety Clinics are part of the Iowa Safe Routes to School program managed by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.  The Safe Routes to School is a program bringing change to how kids get to and from school. Iowa Bicycle Coalition staff provides training and support to schools across Iowa on encouragement and education programs that help increase bicycling and walking.

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit organization working to promote Iowa cycling as safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation. The organization was launched by bicycling advocates from across Iowa to unite the voices of road riders, mountain bikers, recreation riders, commuters, and anyone else who prefers a bicycle for recreation and transportation.

To connect with him regarding the Safe Routes to School program, Dylan can be reached at dylan@iowabike.org or (515) 309-2867. Find more information about Iowa Safe Routes to School at www.iowasaferoutes.org.