By Yazmin Alvarez
The Rialto community is making sure young cyclists stay safe on the road.
Healthy Rialto — in partnership with the city, Enhancing Forward Action and Rialto public safety agencies — held a Bike Rodeo Saturday at the Civic Center, raffling off more than 100 bicycles to children ages 3 to 12.
The second annual event offered up safety riding lessons along with highlighting the rules of the road.
Members of Rialto Police Department’s Traffic Division Safe City Program set up an obstacle course that included stop lights, stop signs, pop up schools and even animals, to test the young riders on their knowledge of hand signals and what they should do while on the road.
In addition to the rodeo, cyclists were also able to participate in a one-mile bike ride throughout the city led by a police officer.
The ride was part of Healthy Rialto’s initiative to keep children active.
The bike giveaways were made possible through donations from area agencies and businesses. Each child that won a bicycles also received a free helmet through First 5 and Healthy Rialto.
Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter with Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.