There is another rodeo going on in Red Bluff next week. Tehama County Health Services and the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a bike safety rodeo next Saturday, April 26th, 2014. The rodeo is scheduled just ahead of National Bike Safety month in May. Organizers also want to get children ready to ride before summer.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show children, adolescents, and young adults up to 24 years old have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries. This accounts for almost 60% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments. In 2011 Tehama County recorded 46 bike collisions, 5 deaths, 4 hospitalizations and 144 visits to the emergency room in that single year.
While Public Health and the CHP would like to see an increase in bike, scooter and skateboard use, they also want a reduction in accidents. The safety courses will include traffic signal instruction, bicycle maintenance instruction, helmet fitting and nutrition information at the bike rodeo. We encourage residents of all ages to attend and bring your bike, trike, scooter, skateboard and your helmet. This will be a free event located at the Tehama County Fairgrounds. It is in conjunction with the Tehama County Children's Fair, and the bike rodeo will run from 10am to 3pm. There will be obstacle courses, a BMX stunt rider, giveaways, safety instruction and ribbons for all who participate.
To volunteer, donate, or for more information you can contact Jodi Putnam at Public Health - 530-527-6824.