The Recorder – Bernardston Bike Rodeo returns on Saturday
Posted: 10/6/2021 15:53:56 PM
BERNARDSTON – Following an interruption made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bernardston Bike Rodeo is back on Saturday.
Held for students at Bernardston Elementary School, the event will take place in the school parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. One vehicle per family can park at the school, with additional parking at the former Four Leaf Clover Restaurant at 19 South Street. All families at Bernardston Elementary School are invited and children must bring their own bikes.
Bernardston Police Sgt. John Richardson said the Bike Rodeo was started by the Bernardston Police Relief Association in 2019 with the aim of making it an annual event. However, last year the event did not take place due to restrictions related to the pandemic.
Organizers plan to set up this year’s “rodeo” in the same manner as it did in 2019. Several challenge stations will be staffed with members of the Valley Storm softball team and the Bernardston Police Department. . The challenges will include a trailer speed test to verify maximum speeds. In 2019, top speeds reached up to 20 mph. A colorful short course will be set up on the basketball court for the little ones, said Richardson.
In addition to the challenge classes, Richardson said officers will discuss road safety rules, including hand signals. They will also explain how to properly inspect a bicycle’s brakes, reflectors and tires, as well as helmet safety.
“The Bernardston Police Relief Association will have over 50 helmets to distribute to BES students who need them and will make sure they fit properly,” added Richardson. “We find that as kids get older sometimes their old helmet doesn’t fit properly so they just skip it. This event allows us to make sure that every child has a helmet that is the right size and fitted to safely enjoy the bike at the end of the school year. ”
Other organizations participating in Saturday’s event include Bicycle World of Greenfield, which will offer free bike inspections and help with helmet fitting. Townline Ice Cream and Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, both located in Bernardston, will provide refreshments.
In addition, Franklin First Federal Credit Union staff will teach children about their Frankie Fund program. According to the company’s website, the Frankie Fund program opens a children’s savings account to teach and promote financial education and help lay the foundation for building good savings habits.
Zack DeLuca can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.