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Bike Rodeo ropes up fun at Steamboat elementary students

Blair Bathke rides his bike over an obstacle at Soda Creek Elementary School Friday morning as part of the annual Bike Rodeo.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Hundreds of bikes were spread out on the grass just behind Soda Creek Elementary School on Friday morning as the back doors of the school opened and children started pouring out for the annual Bike Rodeo.

“The Bike Rodeo is about getting kids ready for summer time,” said Sally Cariveau, Steamboat Springs School District’s Safe Routes to School coordinator. “It’s a chance to teach the children some street smarts from the community service officers and for the children to brush up on their skills. It’s also an opportunity to remind them how to ride safely.”

Soda Creek students rotated through different stations — some focusing on trails, street smarts, skills and stunts. There was also a station for children who had never ridden a bike before, and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports — STARS — was on hand to introduce students to bikes designed for people with disabilities.

Cariveau said this is the 20th year the Bike Rodeo has taken place at Steamboat Springs elementary schools. The event was held at Strawberry Park Elementary School last Friday.

Cariveau estimates about 80 volunteers assisted with both events.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.


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