Canadian Tire holds annual bike rodeo

Canadian Tire held its second-annual bike rodeo Saturday, drawing 32 area children to bring in their bikes for safety inspections and to learn the rules of the road.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Dereck McLean and Cadet Kristin Lee were at the Canadian Tire parking lot from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to teach children how to safely ride a bike safely, including remembering to wear a helmet, how to use hand signals when stopping and turning, and always stopping and getting off your bike at rail crossings.
They also led them through a short course, during which the riders had to demonstrate their ability to stop, signal, and turn.
All the youngsters who came out for the bike rodeo received a free goodie bag, and could enter a draw to win one of two bikes donated by Canadian Tire.
The draw winners were Brent Morand and Anika Alexander.
Ryan McAleer of Taggs Source for Sports also was at the rodeo to do bike inspections. He would check tires for pressure, make sure the height of the seats were appropriate, and ensure all parts were tight and lubricated.
McAleer noted the most common problem with kids’ bikes tend to be tires without enough air in them.
Members of the Fort Frances Fire Department and Riverside Ambulance Service also were at Canadian Tire on Saturday to show off the fire truck and ambulance, respectively, hand out information, and answer any questions the public may have had.
Organizer Margaret MacDonald of Canadian Tire said the event went smoothly, but didn’t draw quite as many people as last year—most likely due to the fact another bike rodeo was held at Couchiching First Nation earlier this month.