Great Outdoors: Bike Rodeo

Kids Learned Bike Safety While Having a Lot of Fun

PROCTOR, Minn. – Biking can be one of the most fun ways to enjoy summer in the Northland for kids and for adults.

In this week’s Great Outdoors, we take you to Proctor for their first ever Bike Rodeo.

“It’s fun for doing stunts and getting the air in your face and have fresh air,” said Isaac Bogatzki, who was taking part in the event.

“It’s just super awesome,” said fellow bike rider Jeffrey Economos.

Biking can be a great time and it’s also an important way to get around.

“You could ride bikes with your family and go on all kids of different trips,” said Henry Napoli, who was learning about bike safety at the event.

But like a lot of outdoor activities, safety is key.

“We teach them that they do have to ride with traffic, that they should be wearing their helmets, that they should check their bike before they go out every time for their ABCs, their air, their brakes, and their chains,” said Erica Amborn, a Physical Education teacher at Proctor Elementary Schools.

That’s why the Safe Kids Program held the Bike Rodeo at the Proctor Community Center.

“With so many students now sitting inside and doing everything, it’s very important that they get their physical education, their sixty minutes a day, and bike riding is such an easy way to get out and do their job,” said Amborn.

Every kid who came got a free helmet and safety vest.

“I think it’s fun to learn how to ride a bike bouncing instead of using training wheels all the time,” said Napoli.

They also got a great lesson in how fun playing outside can be.

“It gives you exercise and it makes you strong,” said Economos.

“You should use bikes instead of cars so you don’t pollute the Earth,” said┬áBogatzki.

“You should always wear a helmet when you bike ride and always look both ways when you bike ride,” said Economos.

Proctor Police and Fire Departments, along with Essentia Health, partnered to make the Bike Rodeo as fun and educational as possible. Organizers say they’d like to make it an annual event.

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