Learning the importance of bike safety
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by Trinity Gruenberg
The Verndale Cub Scout Pack 326 held a bike rodeo and mock accident on June 12 at the Verndale School parking lot.
Each participant received a check list of 10 stations to visit to learn about bike safety including helmet fittings, hand signals, scanning, rock dodge, demon driveway, crazy road, serpent and paper toss to test the rider’s skills.
Each participant received a rating on their skills that reflected whether they needed improvement, good or great.
During the bike rodeo they held a mock accident that featured a child bicyclist, portrayed by Wayne Ball, who was not wearing a helmet or taking safety precautions before crossing a road. He was hit by a truck driven by Glen Goddard who could not see Ball through the bushes until it was too late.
Ball received head, arm and leg injuries. During the scenario, young bicyclists watched as Chairperson and Den Leader Deann Goddard narrated what was taking place. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Department, Tri-County Ambulance and the Verndale Fire Department participated in the event.
After the mock accident, the children were able to check out the ambulance and ask paramedics questions.