Bike Rodeo for Kids

Yesterday, Sergeant Kockler coordinated and directed a bike rodeo at Los Lomitas School. 

A bike rodeo consists of safety discussion and helmet demonstrations by members of the Police Department.
The Rodeo also includes multiple courses for teaching children about bicycle control and safety. Attendees
must bring their own bicycle and a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.

Sergeant Kockler teaches proper hand signals

Proper Hand Signals

The rodeo participants were 8 and 9 year old girl scouts. 

Sergeant Kockler began the rodeo with a lecture about bike safety, which included teaching the girls the proper hand signals when making a left or right hand turn.

Sergeant Kockler drops cantaloupes from a ladder

Importance of Helmets

To help the girls understand the importance of wearing a properly fitted bike helmet, Sergeant Kockler climbed up a 10 foot ladder and dropped two cantaloupes onto the asphalt, one in a bike helmet and one by itself. 

The melon protected by the bike helmet remained intact, while the other had multiple cracks!

After the lecture, the girls rode their bikes through a variety of different cone patterns designed to help improve slow speed turning movements, stopping, and proper hand signaling.  The girls had a great time, and so did we!

And Remember, ALWAYS wear a helmet when biking.


Future Bike Rodeo

If your children are interested in participating, please contact Sgt. Anthony Kockler at akockler@ci.atherton.ca.us

Sgt. Kockler will contact you via email to provide further details once a future rodeo has been set. 

The Atherton Police Department looks forward to teaching children about bicycle safety!

Thank you,

Chief Flint

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