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Bike Rodeo teaches safety first


Shelly Pope

Nolan Lutomski shakes hands with Reflectasaurus at Saturday’s Bike Rodeo.

The Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department and The Trading Union teamed up to host the Safety Bike Rodeo Saturday.

Safe Routes to School of the Alaska Department of Transportation had representatives on hand along with Reflectasaurus to ensure all in attendance received all safety information needed.

“We are hoping to make this a much larger event in the future,” Barry Morrison said. “Maybe we will add a carnival to it next year.”

Many organizations pulled out all the stops to make sure this event was a success including The Emblem Club, The Salvation Army, Wells Fargo, Life Cyclery and Klondike Bikes.

“We gave away approximately 35 new bike helmets,” Emblem Club representative Sally Dwyer said. “We let the kids pick which one they wanted and we fit them.”

Jim Demko of Life Cyclery and Dave Sweat with Klondike Bikes performed inspections on the bicycles to ensure they were safe for the riders.

The Trading Union provided all the food and two bicycles that were given away to Deven Guthrie and Cailynn Baxter and set up the obstacle course for the kids.

Wells Fargo cooked and served a hamburger lunch to all who attended.

“We had a wonderful turn out for this event,” Parks and Recreation Facilities Coordinator Judy Forgey said. “Every year we hope to make this Rodeo even bigger and



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