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Kids Bike Rodeo Rolls Into Town

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By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) St. Luke's Magic Valley is teaming up with Ride Idaho to teach kids some very important safety lessons.

The rodeo is rolling into town this weekend... the bike rodeo that is.

"A bike rodeo is a great opportunity to teach kids safety and bike skills, riding skills early on in their life so they can take those skills with them throughout their lives," said Laura Stewart, spokeswoman, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide more children are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.

"The Bike Rodeo will offer safety helmet checks, we'll do bike tire pressure checks, make sure your brakes are working."
Bike helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88–percent—– yet only 45–percent of children 14 and under wear a bike helmet.

Safe Kids Magic Valley will be at the event doing bike helmet safety checks.

"So, if you want to bring your helmet to make sure it meets the current safety guidelines, or if you don't have a helmet we can get you fitted with a helmet and it's just a suggested $5 donation," said Stewart.

The Ride Idaho cycling tour ends in Twin Falls on Saturday.

About 225 riders will be completing about a four–hundred mile ride.

The annual ride has several goals, one of which is raising awareness about safe cycling.

"They're going to be here to interact with the Bike Rodeo folks and really show them the love of bike riding and really what it can do for you as a lifelong healthy activity," said Stewart.

The Twin Falls Police Department will be leading the bike rodeo safety course, so grab you bike and helmet for some fun, healthy exercise.

The Kids Bike Rodeo will be held in the parking lot of St. Luke's Magic Valley on Saturday August 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It's absolutely free and you can enter a drawing to win one of four bikes.