North Street School Bike Rodeo teaches valuable skills

Six-year-old Julia Pierson and her three-year-old sister Siena are seen getting ready to ride.

Six-year-old Julia Pierson and her three-year-old sister Siena are seen getting ready to ride.

North Street School rounded up its herd and held a bike rodeo at the school on June 7 to help kids gain bicycling skills and learn rules of the road in a fun, safe environment.

As part of the event, children improved their bicycling competence by riding on several simulated skill and safety stations such as start and stop exercise, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and how to avoid common road hazards.

Several local organizations volunteered and assisted NSS’s PTA in the event included: Greenwich Cycling; Connecticut Safe Routes to School, which gave a bike safety presentation to each of the groups before they started the obstacle course.

Greenwich Bicycles, Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association and the Greenwich Police Explorers all handled bike and helmet inspections for the event.

In addition, Northeast Community Cycles, a local non-profit organization, accepted used donated bicycles at the event which they will fix-up, clean and give to needy children and adults.

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