Bike rally, rodeo planned
May 11 event will focus on safety, fun
Friday, May 03, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - With temperatures expected in the upper 60s and low 70s next week, it seems the perfect time to start thinking about bringing the bicycle out of storage for another season.
Kristin Gromoske, 10, gets fitted for a bicycle helmet by Bill St. Martin Friday at Cycle Path in Menominee. Some helmets will be given away May 11 at the Spring Bike Rally and Kids’ Bike Rodeo.
The Menominee Police Department and Cycle Path bicycle shop are teaming up for a day of fun and safety for kids and adults. The Spring Bike Rally and Kids' Bike Rodeo will be held May 11 starting at 11 a.m.
"As part of the rodeo kids will learn proper bike safety procedures," said Cycle Path owner Bill St. Martin. "How to properly make right and left hand turns, cross intersections and that kind of stuff."
The police department and auxiliary police will assist at the rodeo while the Menominee Fire Department brings in its fire safety house display to teach youngsters the basics of what to do if they're ever trapped in a fire.
During the rodeo, children between the ages of 6 and 10 will each be fitted for and given a bicycle helmet until the supply runs out. The helmets were donated by Cycle Path and Schwinn Bicycles and the police department.
In addition, St. Martin and his crew will provide free bicycle safety checks from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and there will also be free bicycle registrations.
St. Martin said with summer just around the corner and May being National Bike Month, teaming up with the police department on this event was a natural.
"All I had to do was ask them, there was no convincing whatsoever," he said. "As soon as I told them what I wanted to do they were right on board."
To make the whole event even safer, the city has granted permission to close off 24th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets during the rodeo.
There will even be an event for adult bicyclists. A Bicycle Poker Ride will start anytime before 2 p.m. Riders pay a $5 entry fee and collect poker cards along the way, making stops at The Wild North, Schooner Pub & Grill, Riverside Golf Club, The Menominee Welcome Center, Bay View Bowl, The Serving Spoon and Stewey's Food & Spirits. The entry fee goes toward prizes and helmets for the children for next year's event.
For more information, contact Cycle Pat at 906-863-9361.