PIQUA — Piqua High School Kiwanis Key Club is sponsoring its first Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at Piqua Central Intermediate School, 807 Nicklin Ave. In case of rains, the event will be held April 30.
The Bike Rodeo will help participants learn the ABC’s for safe cycling and be engaged in a series of training exercises designed to each basic cycling skills. Mark Wion, Kiwanis president-elect, and Juliya Hsiang, Key Club president-elect, are co-chairing the event, which is open to all Piqua students in grades K-6.
“We hope to make this an annual event to help educate children on bicycle safety and make sure they have the proper helmets to ensure their safety,” said Wion and Hsiang. “The Piqua Health Department and Bike Piqua will have representatives at the rodeo to provide bicycle helmets to youth currently without this important safety gear.”
Wion said that neighborhood association volunteers will offer fruit and other refreshments to attendees. “We will also have representatives of the Piqua Police Department, Piqua Fire Department and the Ohio State Highway patrol to talk with students and parents to encourage safe bicycling,” he added.
Hsiang thanked a number of organizations for making the event possible, including the AAA Auto Club, Piqua Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Piqua City Schools, Piqua Health Department, Southview Neighborhood Association, City of Piqua, Bike Piqua and the Piqua Fire Department.
“Our goal is to educate young bike riders in a series of training exercises designed to teach basic cycling skills and to make sure each biker has the appropriate safety gear too,” said Wion and Hsiang.
Registration forms are available in each school elementary school and must be returned by April 18 or on the day of the event.
Piqua High School Key Club is a sponsored youth group of the Piqua Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Club is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.