PennDOT and Safety Partners Host Bicycle Rodeo



June 30, 2017


PennDOT and Safety Partners Host Bicycle Rodeo


Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Alliance Church held a free children’s bicycle rodeo Thursday, June 29, in Franklin.

The rodeo took place in the parking lot of the church on Otter Street and was open to ages 5 to 12. The goal of the rodeo was to interest kids in bicycling, educate them on safety requirements, and instill in them safe biking habits.

The event included a bike and helmet safety inspection, hand signal quiz, and a variety of bike riding skill tests. Franklin Alliance Church and Franklin Chamber of Commerce will provide a hot dog dinner and snacks. Safe Kids Clarion-Venango provided free bike helmets for participants in need of properly fitting safety equipment.

Cash Perry, 7, son of Justin and Paula Perry of Seneca, was awarded a new bicycle courtesy of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E) of Venango County. Perry was chosen through a random drawing. After his name was picked, deputies from the Venango County Sheriff’s Office surprised him with a bike sized to fit his needs and interests.

In the skills competitions, Journey Johnson, 7, of Jamestown, New York, was the winner for the 5 to 8 age group. Kyel Harry, 9, of Reno, PA, took the top spot in the 9 to 12 age group.

The free event was made possible through the additional support of the City of Franklin, State Farm Agent Mike Dill, Cub Scout Pack 37, Rep. R. Lee James, McDonald’s, Film Fest Video, and UPMC Northwest.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035


Editor’s Note: Pictures attached to email:


Bike winner – Cash Perry, 7, son of Justin and Paula Perry of Seneca, poses long side Venango County Sheriff Deputy Melissa Crispen. Perry was the winner of a bike donated by A.B.A.T.E of Venango County.


Rock Dodge 2 – Aleeah Firster, 5, of Cooperstown, completes the rock dodge challenge as Scott Woodlee, pastor of the Franklin Alliance Church and judge for the Franklin bike rodeo, looks on.


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