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ECEC Bike Rodeo

The youth that participated in the Bike Rodeo were able to ride their bikes and or scooters through a simulated four way stop at the SRHS Gym.

On September 14, families brought their children and bicycles to the Early Childhood Education Center’s fourth annual Bike Rodeo. The goal of the annual Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Injury Prevention Program and the Early Childhood Education Center, is to increase bicycle safety awareness: the importance of wearing a helmet and how to navigate safely while riding bicycles, scooters or skateboards.

The event was held in the Salt River High School gym, which was filled with laughter and sounds of children having fun. Vendors present included the Salt River police and fire departments, Salt River Community Recreational Services, Health and Human Services Health Nurse team, WIC Program, Prevention and Intervention Services, Discover Salt River, the Young River People’s Council, Salt River Royalty and the Diabetes Prevention Program. Each child received a bike check, a free helmet and prizes.

“The Bike Rodeo is such a great opportunity to teach children and engage with families about the importance of wearing a helmet, of understanding street laws, and how to properly ride your bike safely. Seeing the young people smile and watching families laugh together makes this event that much more important and fun,” said Injury Prevention Coordinator Monte Yazzie.

Salt River Royalty participated in a bike raffle for youth at the event.
The youth rode their bikes and/or scooters through a simulated four-way intersection in which volunteers played the roles of cars, stray dogs and a train. This was to help the young children learn about road safety and what to look for when riding on a sidewalk.

Families were also able to sign up for a car seat check and/or receive a new car seat for their smaller children. A few families also participated in a short video for the Youth Council describing what it was like to be a Super Parent or how they keep their children safe.

There were many obstacles such as free roaming dogs or cars crossing the road in the Bike Rodeo.
Community member Emily King, who brought her grandchildren to the event, said in the short clip, “What [being a grandparent] means to me is keeping them by your side and reassuring them that they are safe with you. And it also means to teach the kids to be more responsible.”

More than 200 people attended the event. More than 50 free bicycle helmets were given out to Community children and families.