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Sedona Big Park School Bike Rodeo

Big Park School 2011 Bike Rodeo

Sedona AZ (May 4, 2011) – Over two hundred students from Big Park School participated in a Bike Rodeo presented by the Sedona Fire District on Friday, April 29, 2011. The Rodeo is a bicycle-riding course designed with general hazards faced by most bicycle riders. It stresses safety and is designed to teach students what to look for when riding their bicycles.

Tours of the Guardian Air ambulance helicopter were available, as well as a demonstration of the Department of Public Safety rollover simulator. This rollover simulator is designed to clearly demonstrate the importance of always wearing your seat belt while riding in a vehicle.

The Rodeo was made possible by the assistance of Sedona’s Farmers Insurance at 70 Tortilla Drive (Don Nelms, agent), Absolute Bikes, Bike & Bean, The Fat Tire, The Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighter Charities, Yavapai College Firefighter Academy Class of Spring 2011, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Domino’s Pizza and the Hideaway Restaurant. The SedonaEye.com is proud to support this important community event with this announcement.

Students bring their bicycles and helmets to the Rodeo for an inspection prior to starting on an obstacle course that tests mounting and dismounting; straight-line control; weaving and maneuvering; short radius turning; braking; slow speed control; circling; and changing direction skills. Each student earned a Bike License, complete with a photo and fingerprint, for participating in the Rodeo.

Don Nelms, a West Sedona Farmers Insurance agent donated four bicycles for this year’s event. The winners were kindergartener Alma Landaverde Olvera, 1st grader Joshua Lazalde, 4th grader Ulisses Patino, and 6th grader Hannah Ringel.

Bicycle mechanics from local bike shops were on hand to assist with inspections and check-ups.


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