BIKE RODEO 2017
The Quakertown Bike Rodeo is an event held for children between the ages of 6 and 12. It is held annually on the second Saturday of May.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday May 13, 2017; the rain date is Saturday May 20, 2017. The event is held at the Quakertown Community Pool parking lot: 601 West Mill Street. Registration begins at 9:00am that morning.
The event is broken down into three age groups; 6-7 years old, 8-9 years old, and 10-12 years old. Medals are provided to the participants with the top three scores, in each age group.
The program is designed to promote bicycle safety. All participates are required to wear a safety helmet. Helmets are provided to children who do not have one. The children are provided instructions and demonstrations on how to properly fit and wear their helmets. They are also provided instruction on safe riding techniques and how to utilize proper hand signals.
Prior to participating in the event, the children’s bicycles are inspected for safety. During the event, participants are tested in bicycle safety skills and knowledge. Skills are tested through six courses; Circling, Serpentine, Balance, Maneuvering, Steering, and Braking. There is an additional ten question quiz to test children’s knowledge.
At the conclusion of the event there will be a bicycle drawing, hand outs, and refreshments for all participants.
The practical measure of ability in handling a bicycle under varying conditions is an important factor in the physical safety of the rider and an integral part of a comprehensive bicycle safety program. Besides affording the young cyclist an opportunity to show their abilities in safety, these exercises also enable them to discover areas in which they can improve.
The skill tests have been developed to increase awareness and proficiency in safe, skillful, and courteous bicycle driving on the streets of our community. The purposes of these tests are to make each rider conscious of the different phases of the motion in riding and improve the ability of handling a bicycle in order to achieve the highest degree of efficiency as a safeguard against accidents. These tests also establish confidence in their bicycle skills.
The Quakertown Bike Rodeo event is sponsored by the Quakertown Borough and Richland Township Police Departments, as well as the Richlandtown Lions Club. Additional affiliates are Bucks County Highway Safety, Safe Kids Coalition, St. Luke’s Hospital, The Boy Scouts, and Cycle Zone.