Bicycling is one of many wonderful ways for youth to experience an empowering sense of freedom while gaining great exercise. However, it is not without its risks. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a bicycle skills and family fun event designed to teach bicyclists the skills they need in order to be safe and courteous riders on community roads and trails. Learning bike handling and traffic skills can help riders enjoy bicycling more and reduce the chance for injury.
‘Pedal Power’ will take place at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Sunday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is free and no pre-registration is needed. Participants must have their own bike and helmet to take part in the event. Bikes of all shapes and sizes are welcome, including Strider bikes and training wheels!
The following are some of the featured activities at Pedal Power:
- Bike Safety Skills Course – Series of stations, each dealing with an important aspect of safe cycling. Participants will have their bicycles and helmets inspected and will learn about and practice bike-handling skills and road/trail etiquette.
- Bike Decorating Station
- Scavenger Hunt around the Lake
- Strider Bike Skills Course –Participants can test their skills on the course and qualify for our free Strider Bike Races to take place at 3 p.m. The race will occur on the same course. Strider bike and helmets are required.
- Information and Demo Booths: Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, World of Bikes, Bicycle Happiness, Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders (ICORR), Iowa Bicycle Coalition
- Complete the ‘Pedal Power Bike Skills Card’ by visiting all Bike Safety Skills Course stations and the Scavenger Hunt. Participants with a completed card will receive a bike bell, LED bike light and an entry into a drawing for some other fancy bike prizes! Pick up your ‘Pedal Power Bike Skills Card’ at any of the event’s information booths.