Calling all bike-loving residents of South Burlington’s Orchard neighborhood! This Sunday, May 16 from 11 to 3, Local Motion will be participating in a neighborhood bike festival in Szymanski Park. There will be all kinds of fun stuff — including a bike parade, free bike tune-ups, and a raffle with great prizes. Our part is to organize a bike safety fair for kids, with stations for practicing key cycling skills. Bring your kids (and their bikes and helmets), and we’ll take it from there! Here’s a rundown of what kids can do at the bike skills fair:
- DAB. How slow can you go? Test your balance and steering abilities as you navigate within a circle of cones along with a dozen other riders. If you “dab” your foot on the ground, you’re out — but don’t go anywhere! You become an obstacle that the remaining cyclists have to navigate around.
- SLALOM. Are you Olympic material? Find out with our bike slalom course! It’s on flat ground, but you’ll still need all your cutting skills to take the corners without hitting a cone.
- DOOR DODGE. When you’re on a bike, the last thing you want is to get “doored.” Ride down a mock bike lane on the alert for opening car doors — and learn how to dodge while staying cool and in control.
- EMERGENCY STOP. Do you know how to stop in a hurry without going over the handlebars? Learn how the pros do it, and show off your stuff on our Emergency Stop Runway.
For more info about the festival overall, visit bicycleparty.wikispaces.com.
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