PennDOT and Safety Partners Host Bicycle Rodeo


July 31, 2018

PennDOT and Safety Partners Host Bicycle Rodeo

Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Venango County Sheriff Department, the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, and Cub Scout Pack 17 held a free children’s bicycle rodeo Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Oil City.

The rodeo was part of the Oil Heritage Festival and was held in the parking lot of Justus Park. It 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. Rep. R. Lee James provided a hot dog lunch. Safe Kids Clarion-Venango provided free bike helmets for participants in need of properly fitting safety equipment.

In the skills competitions, Bentley Graham of Oil City was the winner for the 5 to 8 age group. Trevor Rutherford of Oil City came in second and Brooklyn West of Oil City was third.

In the 9 to 12 age division, Ryan Jackson of Oil City took the top spot. Clarissa Cain of Oil City took second place, and Cash Perry of Oil City finished in third place.

Adult and child attendees were also provided free bike safety tool kits through PennDOT a Nonmotorized Safety Grant Funds authorized under the Fast Act. The goal of the kit program is to improve communication between new, veteran, and children bikers as well as motorists. Kits included items such as: bicycle reflectors, tire repair kits and blinking clip-on lights.

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Post Author: Ruth Meilleur