Hoquiam Police are hosting a Bike Rodeo at Central Elementary School today Chief Jeff Myers said this morning;”This is something we started a couple of years ago, and has turned into an annual event right before school gets out. This is a good time to emphasis bike safety not only for the kids on the bikes, but also for us drivers to be aware that the kids will be out soon for the summer season.”
After a car versus child bicycle collision in April 2011, principal Traci Sandstrom teamed with the department for sponsorship of the Bike Rodeo to promote bicycle safety and awareness- especially to emphasize the importance of bike helmets. Chief Myers reminds parents “kids in Hoquiam under the age of 18 are required to wear a bike helmet.” The parental responsibility law could cost the parents a $95 fine.
Although the department had sponsored a Bike Rodeo in the past, it was not well attended because of schedule conflicts and poor weather, until 2011 when Central Elementary decided to bring the Bike Rodeo onto campus and incorporate it into their field day and BBQ for the end of the school year.