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Bike rodeo offers kids safety tips

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

Kids took on bike safety in Essex Junction Wednesday. Youngsters at the Summit Street School filled the schoolyard to go over the basics to ensure a safe ride on two wheels.

The bike rodeo was part of national Bike to School Day. Similar rodeos took place at dozens of schools across the state.

Volunteers taught some kids to ride for the first time, others got a refresher course in how to properly wear their helmets and share the road.

"Well, because it is fun and it does not waste electricity or gas," said Newt Bowker, a Kindergartner.

"It's really about not only encouraging kids to bike more, but to use bikes as transportation to get to school or after-school activities. But also for those kids who might not bike or might not know how to bike, to get them excited about biking and learn some important skills," said Abby Mattera, of Vt. Safe Routes to School.

Safe Kids Vermont helped sponsor the event. The group works to prevent childhood injuries and donated helmets and educational materials to the effort.

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