Bike Rodeos – Providing bicycling safety education and fun for Alexandria youth
The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) teams with Phoenix Bikes and the VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, and with Parent Teacher Associations, Scout troops and Homeowner Associations, to conduct Bike Rodeos. Bike Rodeos help youth to improve their cycling competence, safety, and enjoyment by leading young cyclists through about multiple cycling stations that together address equipment and rider readiness, skills and signaling drills, and safety education.
Bike Rodeo Guide for a Sponsoring Organization
Sponsor requirements for a typical Bike Rodeo for 20 to 50 youth are provided below, and can be tailored to your objectives and goals for the event.
- Set a date and a time that would include about 1½ to 2 hours for Rodeo operation, plus 30 minutes on each end for setup and take down.
- Find and reserve a space of suitable size, typically a square or rectangular asphalt area of at least 30 meters x 40 meters (100 feet x 130 feet – think vacant parking lot or school playground hardtop).
- Provide assurance that a minimum of about 20 youth riders would likely participate.
- Provide a minimum of 8 volunteers to assist at Bike Rodeo Stations, including check-in and finish line treats.
- Publicize the Rodeo, including instructions on what participants will need to bring (e.g. bicycle and helmet).
- Provide a $250 donation to BPAC to help cover costs, including liability insurance.
- Most sponsors provide Finish line treats, e.g. healthy snacks and drinks.
- It is useful to have four to six loaner bikes available, and to have helmets available to be borrowed and/or purchased.
What BPAC and our Bike Shop Partners provide
Two or more bike mechanics to check and adjust bikes, including making minor repairs.
- At least 6 more volunteers, possibly including one or two police officers, to help with registration, helmet checks, and bike station operations
- All of the gear for setting up the rodeo, including tape, chalk, cones, markers, ramps, stop signs, etc.
- Instructions for setup and operation of Bike Rodeo stations
- (Optional) Loaner bikes
- (Optional) Loaner helmets and/or helmets that can be purchased for $15 each.
Typical Bike Rodeo Stations
BPAC Bike Rodeos typically include these stations:
- Registration/check in table including a Sign-in/Waiver form
- Bicycle fitting and mechanical checkup station
- Helmet fitting and proper adjustments
- Seven stations where station operators provide instruction and require youth to demonstrate competency before allowing riders to advance to the next station:
- Mounting, starting, stopping, and dismounting
- Using hand signals
- Scanning for stop signs, crosswalks, cars, pedestrians, and potential dangers while riding
- Riding through obstacles and figure 8’s
- The dangers of driveways and how to handle them
- The dangers of intersections and how to navigate them
- Riding over ramps
- Finish line table with treats