Canby Bike Rodeo, County Bike Safety Event Set for June

Yeehaw! The beloved annual Bike Rodeo, a partnership between the Canby Police Department, Canby-Aurora VFW Post 6057 and Auxiliary, and other sponsors, will return this Saturday — with a new countywide bike safety event planned for later this month.

The rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3 at Knight Elementary School, 501 North Grant Street.

As always, the event will highlight bicycle safety tips and allow young riders to showcase their skills in a series of bike safety exercises. Prizes will be awarded.

Officers will also be handing out a limited supply of free helmets, along with snacks and other goodies. Children up to age 12 are welcome at this free event. Kids must bring their own bikes to participate.

Other event sponsors include the Canby School District, Hotrod Dreamworks, DirectLink, The UPS Store and Canby Kiwanis. For more information, contact Officer A.J. Miller at 503-263-5187.

And, in three weeks, the first annual Youth Bike Safety Day will be held, sponsored by Clackamas County Safe Routes to School. The innaugural event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

School-age children and their families are welcome to drop by any time in the west parking lot of the Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus at 7738 Harmony Road in Milwaukie.

Many free, fun bicycle safety activities will be available, including safety skills courses, helmet giveaways, bicycle maintenance checks and a bike decorating station. There will also be information to take away about the Safe Routes to School program and transportation safety.

No pre-registration is required for the event; people are invited to just show up any time within the three-hour period.

The event is cosponsored by the Street Trust, an organization that advocates for multimodal transportation options that prioritize safety, accessibility, equity, and climate justice in the Portland Metro Region.

The Clackamas County Safe Routes to School program works to increase the number of students biking and walking to school by providing safer walking, bicycling and riding routes.

The program engages with community members, schools and other organizations to educate school-aged children in safe walking and biking practices and providing engineering improvements around schools such as crosswalks, signage and sidewalks.

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