(Bike) Rodeo in town
Children on bicycles are a fixture of summer, as traditional as flag bunting or baseball. But when most of us in Grand County think of bicycles we think of mountain bikers or road cyclists, adults with the skills and ability to ride safely on our roads or near traffic. The importance of watching out for children on bicycles, and of instructing them properly in safety procedures, is additionally important in Granby which has very few actual sidewalks for kids to ride on.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, Granby Elementary School (GES) held a Bike Rodeo to review proper bike safety with the students before their school year ended on Thursday. The Bike Rodeo was put on by GES Physical Education teacher Maggie Keller, fire fighters from the Grand Fire Protection District, officers from the Granby Police Dept., first responders from Grand County EMS, Grand County Animal Control and Full Circle Cyclery in Granby.
The Rodeo featured six separate stations for students covering numerous topics such as “Rules of the Road & Hand Signals”, a “Bike Obstacle Course” and a booth from Grand County EMS regarding proper summer safety. Full Circle Cyclery had a paid staff member, Sean Keenan, on hand conducting a “Bike Check & Maintenance” station where Keenan helped the youngsters with maintenance tips and made minor repairs to their bikes.
Other Bike Rodeo stations included “Curvy Swervey” wherein students learned the importance of trail and path etiquette and emergency stopping. One station called, “How Slow Can You Go?” required students to “race” a short course. The winner of each short race was the last student across the finish line who did not fall over or touch the ground with their feet.
Granby PE teacher Keller was happy with the results of the rodeo late Wednesday afternoon as the last classes were moving through the stations. “It is beautiful to see the community come together for our children,” Keller said. “It (bicycling) is a great way for them to be healthy and I just want to see them being safe while they do it.”
Keller called the Bike Rodeo a “community effort” and highlighted the extensive help provided by other GES staff members and the community partners that aided in coordinating the event.
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West Grand seniors Rene Dominguez, right, and Angel Dominguez pass the baton during one of the nighttime relays at the 2021 Joe Shields Invitational at WGHS.