Theft of United Way’s Bikes and Trailer Puts the Brakes on Bike Rodeos for Thousands of Local Kids
Countless area children look forward to United Way Healthy Communities Bike Rodeos each year, where they learn bike safety in a fun, controlled environment. This highly interactive program instructs through action. The day begins with a demonstration on the importance of helmets, including a fitting to highlight proper usage.
Kristin Booker, the Principal of Hemphill Elementary School, notes how crucial this portion of the program is for her students.
“It saves lives,” she told CBS42 News. “Students aren’t aware of the trauma that can happen to their heads if they don’t protect them when they’re riding their bikes, so the knowledge base that they learn from this program really changes a lot of their lives.”
After getting comfortable with their head gear, inexperienced cyclists are instructed in bike basics, while the more skilled students go through a series of stations where they learn about hand signals, directional traffic, road signage, etc.
According to Booker, the event is a favorite among her students.
“Our children look forward to it every year, and they’ve been asking about it this year.”
Unfortunately, she has been unable to give her students an answer this year, as all Bike Rodeos have come to a screeching halt due to the recent theft of United Way’s trailer containing dozens of bikes. This presents a problem to the grant-funded program, as there simply isn’t enough money available to completely replace the stolen goods.
In an effort to get more kids back on bikes and keep this fun, informative event rolling, United Way Healthy Communities has launched a campaign to raise the remaining $5,500 needed by April 30th. Won’t you give $5.00 or more today?
Disclaimer: Any funds raised above the goal amount will be used to support future bike rodeos.
For more information, contact Nick Sims at (205) 458-2166, firstname.lastname@example.org.