Learning bike safety

'Youth Safety Bike Rodeo' teaching kids and families vital safety when riding a bicycle

Posted: May 13, 2018 12:47 AM

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.

Article Comments

Mason City
63° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 63°
Albert Lea
59° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
64° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 64°
Charles City
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 66°
64° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
Tracking an active pattern to end the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Re election kickoff watch party


Rallying for Sudan


Extra speed enforcement


Local sports highlights from Tuesday


Renewing the Mental Health Coordinator


Four IA Counties meet to discuss disaster recovery


Gifted and Talented Symposium


Chris Norton Wheelchair Camp


Freeborn County Relay for Life


Storm Team 3: Warm end to June

Community Events