MASON CITY, Iowa - Despite the chilly weather, a group of kids and their parents came out the Mason City Police Department for the "Youth Bike Safety Rodeo" Saturday morning.
The rodeo consisted of an obstacle course that had participants recognize signs before being entered into a raffle for a new bicycle.
The event also had Wayne's Ski and Cycle on hand for small bike fixes, and the Mason City Kiwanis Club for donating helmets.
Newman Catholic 7th Grader Olivia Schissel, who's part of the Spin Devo junior cycling team, and says that participants, both new and experienced, are learning quite a bit, and bikers can also take a cue on safety as nicer weather is on the way.
"It's very important because...just to make sure you don't get hit by a car. Cars, traffic, people...you know, people don't normally look for bikes as they look for a car or people walking across the street," Schissel says.
She also has a message for those who are about to start biking for the season.
"It's very important to make sure that your bike is good and...running properly so you don't crash...and it's always good to have a helmet, so if you crash you don't hurt yourself and it's like...to protect your head," Schissel adds.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, 840 cyclists were killed after being hit by a motor vehicle in 2016.