It was an ideal spring day for the Vienna Police Department’s bike rodeo on May 3. The sky was sunny and clear and it was warm but not too hot to be riding around the pavement of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s parking lot. The event, held from 9 to noon, was not crowded, either, but the kids who steered through the obstacle course enjoyed themselves.
“We’re here to teach them [her sons] bike safety and to have fun,” said Vienna mom Lilibet Elling. “When they ride their bikes, it’s important they know to look both ways, to look for everything. Not just traffic, but, walkers, too.”
Parents appreciated the bike helmet and bike safety checks provided by Bikes@Vienna and Spokes as a free community service. Representatives checked tire pressure and if a tire needed air, air was pumped. Kids got medals for participating, too. The bounce house was popular until a child threw up in it and closed it down shortly before noon. Other than that, the bike rodeo went well.
— Donna Manz