Large turnout for PTA Bike Rodeo

​Officer Cameron Hayden helps kids register their bikes at the PTA Bike Rodeo in the CCMC parking lot on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

More than 40 kids pedaled, pushed and steered their way to safety on April 14 during the PTA Bike Rodeo at the Cordova Community Medical Center parking lot.

In stark contrast to previous years, the sun was bright and the sky bright blue.

Kids brought their push and pedal bicycles, scooters and unicycles to the event, stopping at five different stations in the parking lot.

The stations included: Know Your Bike Signals, Repairs & Maintenance, Helmet Fitting, Obstacle Course, and License & Registration.

“This was my second bike rodeo since joining the PTA, following our last one in 2016 when it was windy and rainy, but we still had almost 40 kids,” PTA Secretary Julie Reynolds said. The stations helped the kids “learn more about their bikes and how to operate them safely around town,” she said.

Kids’ names were drawn for prizes including bicycles, tools, baskets and more. The bike rodeo concluded with a one-mile bike ride down Chase Avenue, continuing to LeFevre, the Copper River Highway, and eventually looping back to the CCMC parking lot.

“We arranged for a police officer to follow the last biker to ensure everyone’s safety on the road,” Reynolds said.

Volunteers for the event include: Ryan Schuetze, Bud Moore, Jared Niles, Officer Cameron Hayden, Lee Collins, Jeremy Botz, Ann Solberg, Rustyn Bradford, Charlotte Westing, Stefanie Tschappat, Janice Warga, and Jeff and Denise Hamberger.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.