El Centro PD Stages Bike Rodeo to Educate Kids on Safety

Bikes set up for guests to use at the Bike Rodeo event on Saturday afternoon.
A line of bikes sits ready for participants to ride through the obstacle course in Target’s parking lot at the Bike Rodeo event Saturday afternoon.

EL CENTRO — The El Centro Police and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) hosted their first Bike Rodeo on Saturday afternoon at the Target parking lot.

“Today’s event was to educate the kids on how to ride bicycles and promote safety gear,” explained officer John Tang of the El Centro Police Department.

The Bike Rodeo promoted bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the event. Participants brought their bicycles and tested their skills in the Bike Obstacle Course set up around the Target parking lot. Free bicycle helmets were provided, while supplies lasted, for children who completed the course. Guests could also register their bicycle and receive a free bicycle safety check inspection.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said Tang. “We had a pretty good turnout. We didn’t expect so many, but we had a good turnout. I think the event will educate the community on how to ride and different emergency situations. If something arises, they’ll be able to at least have some background knowledge on how to prevent getting hurt.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The El Centro Police Department donated helmets, safety gear, and bike lights. Target, with the help of other vendors of the community, also donated to the event by providing food and refreshments for the families.

“I think it went really well,” commented Pearl Aristegui, an organizer of the event. “A lot of the kids received a lot of education on safety, and I think it’s really going to help the community enforce that safety.”


The colorful bicycle obstacle course was set up around the Target parking lot.