Bicycle Rodeo

The Bicycle Rodeo is an annual event hosted each year by the Antigonish Town & County Crime Prevention Association. This event began in 2000 and is held around the same time each year. With the children getting ready for the end of the school year, the rodeo helps them prepare for a safe summer season riding their bicycles.

After one registers, bicyles are inspected by volunteers to ensure everything is in proper working order. Instruction on the correct way to wear a bicycle helmet is given and making sure that the helmet fits properly.

Each participant must then proceed through six obstale couses. Each course teaches participants a specific aspect involved in bicycle riding. The first course challenged riders to maintain their balance between two straight lines. Another route, “the rock dodge” asked riders to avoid an obstacle, which simulated a situation where a child may have to swerve to avoid a rock or some other object. The course helps participants get a feel for this type of situation, helping them learn how to maintain their balance.

The particpants also have to ride as quickly as they can along a straight line before stopping at a certain point. This challenge teaches the participant about how much time has to be taken to stop properly.

Volunteers test participants with age-specific questions, testing their knowledge of bicycle safety. Finally,participants navigate a mock intersection while getting instruction about the proper hand signals for the riders.

All of the courses deal with some important safety issues. It is the goal of the Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association to try and help the children learn as much as they can about bicycle safety. The success of this event would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers, along with the support of local businesses and the community.

Bike Rodeo 2016

Bike Rodeo 2016

Bike Rodeo 2016

Bike Rodeo 2016

Bike Rodeo 2016

Bike Rodeo 2016

“If just one child learns something from these sessions that helps them stay safe, it is a success.”