Kiwanis Club hosts Bicycle Rodeo

LACONIA — The Kiwanis Club of Laconia hosted a Bicycle Rodeo at Opechee Park on May 18. The event focused on teaching children and their parents bicycle safety skills in a fun, family setting.
Each year, approximately 400 children between the ages of 1 and 14 are killed in bicycle crashes. Thousands more are treated in emergency rooms for related injuries. While bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, only 5% of all young cyclists nationwide use them. Many children and their parents are unaware of these statistics and the basic techniques for staying safe while riding a bike.
Kiwanians are committed to preventing accidental injury and head trauma. On the day of the event the Kiwanis Club of Laconia gave away 45 approved bicycle helmets and operated several bicycle stations where riders learned bike safety skills and practiced them in a safe setting.
In addition to the safety activities, all participants were entered into a drawing to win a new bike that was sponsored by NAPA and Piche's. The Kiwanis Club of Laconia is pleased to announce the winner of the raffle to be Joseph Hodges and his mom Darlene.

Caption: Joseph Hodges wins a new bike during the 2013 Bicycle Rodeo hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Laconia. (Courtesy photo)