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First Annual Everglades "Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair"

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Date: March 1, 2012
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700

First Annual Everglades "Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair"

HOMESTEAD, Florida: Everglades National Park is pleased to host a "Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair". The bike rodeo is a one-day training event for young bicycle riders designed to prevent bicycle-related accidents and injuries.

WHAT IS A BICYCLE RODEO?
A "Bicycle Rodeo" is a kid-centric bicycle safety clinic featuring bike safety inspections, helmet fitting and safety, and instruction about the rules of the road. The goal of the "Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair" is to empower cyclists with a set of skills for on-road riding. Free bicycle helmets will be given to bike rodeo participants who do not have their own (while the supply lasts). Don't forget to bring your own bicycle!

RIDE THE BICYCLE SAFETY COURSE
A highlight of the "Bicycle Rodeo" will be a ride on a miniature course where cyclists are shown where and how to apply the rules of the road. The participants will be escorted through the course by a park ranger who will point out hazards, offer safety tips, and further explain the rules of the road. The young bike riders will learn about blind corners, stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, intersections, crosswalks and driveways.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS!!!
What: Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair
When: March 10, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Everglades National Park, Chekika Picnic Area
Who: All Ages Are Welcome
A "Bicycle Rodeo" provides an opportunity for young bicyclists to practice and develop bicycle safety skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes. Youngsters are able to demonstrate their bicycle skills in a safe, fun, and noncompetitive atmosphere.

In addition to the Bike Rodeo, Everglades Firefighters will be on hand to sign children up as Junior Firefighters. Kids will have the opportunity to complete a task book with fire crews and find out what it takes to be a wildland firefighter. Items in the task book include turning on a fire hose, carrying a fire pack, and trying on wildland firefighting uniforms. Upon completion of the Junior Firefighter program, each student receives a special patch for their participation.
Other agencies will be in attendance and will be staffing various safety stations throughout the day.

Chekika Picnic Area has four large, covered picnic pads and five grills so families are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the park for the afternoon. There are two nature trails in the area that provide excellent viewing opportunities for Everglades wildlife. Park staff will be conducting a children's art workshop in the picnic area during the afternoon.

Fees and Directions:
This is a fee free event. Physical Address: 24200 SW 160th Street, Miami, FL

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Everglades National Park preserves one of the largest stands of pine rockland in the world. This globally imperiled ecosystem is also considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in South Florida.