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Children get a lesson in bike safety in Weston

WESTON (WAOW) -- With spring underway, people are getting out and riding their bikes.

The Everest Area Optimist Club is making sure riders, and especially children, stay safe. They held their annual bike rodeo in Weston on Saturday to promote safe riding techniques.

"[They] learn how to maneuver the bike, brake the bike, steer, make sure they're riding with balance," said Sean Strahota, the bike rodeo chair.

Ted Sanders brought his daughter to go through the five-stage practice course.

"She's seen the various things and techniques needed in order to be a safe rider," he said.

He says she's learning more at the rodeo than she would by just riding around the neighborhood.

"She doesn't listen to Mom and Dad, but she'll listen here and gets a little more self-confidence," Sanders said.

Organizers say the challenges they set up teach basic riding skills and safety.

"They have to steer through some little pylons that are standing up and try to not knock those over," Strahota said.

They say they tried to design the activities to translate to real riding conditions.

"There's just not a lot of safe places to ride the bikes in Wausau so if we can teach the kids a little bit more safety and teach them to be a little more observant when they're riding the bikes, hopefully we can keep everybody safe," said Strahota.

Each child got their own scorecard for the day.

"We can teach them a few skills," Strahota said. "We can teach them what they're doing right, what they're doing wrong."

It was enough to put a parent's mind at ease.

"That is a huge deal for me," said Sanders. "It makes me feel very good."

A good feeling to have, with the best bike-riding days of the year still ahead.

In addition to the rodeo activities, there were free bike inspections and helmets given out. Organizers say more than 200 people attended.
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