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Free Bike Rodeo promotes helmets, safety

The Bike Rodeo will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley.

The Bike Rodeo will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley.

Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is putting on its first ever Free Bike Rodeo in recognition of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, said organizer Karen Russell.

“We’re just trying to promote the wearing of helmets and safety,” Russell said. “Protecting those noggins.”

It’s amazing how just wearing a helmet and making sure it fits correctly contributes to bicycle safety, she said. Having learned a lot from putting the event together, Russell said many people don’t wear their helmets correctly. Nothing good comes from hitting the frontal lobe, she said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets should be the right size to be snug on one’s head and able to sit one or two finger-widths above the eyebrow. The side straps should form a V shape under and slightly in front of the ears, the left buckle should be under the chin and no more than two fingers should be able to fit under the chin strap.

It’s going to be more than helmet safety at the bike rodeo though, such as making sure children can stop and start safely,” Russell said.

“There are five different safety stations, including bike inspection,” she said, mentioning one person on-site who will be on hand to fix any minor bicycle issues. “As the child goes through those stations, they’ll get their card checked off and they can put that card into the raffle for a free bike. We’re going to give away one boys and one girls bike.”

About 70 helmets will be given away as well, Russell said. To complement it all, there will be music, a balloon artist, games and food to make it a really fun interactive kind of event, she said.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 Windsong Dr. Children should bring their own bikes and helmets.

The only issue that has arisen in putting on this first Free Bike Rodeo has been getting participation from some of the community bike clubs, Russell said.

“We need more hands-on bike savvy people that can be helping with the safety stations,” she said.

Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital has been working with Prescott Valley Police Department for the event and officers from the department are going to be there, Russell said.

For more information, call Russell at 602-540-5310.

By Jason Wheeler, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels