PIEDMONT -- Elementary school children in town can learn about bicycle safety while having fun at the annual Boy Scout bike rodeo sponsored by Police Explorer Post 911 and the Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts.

"Any child, boy or girl, can attend. They do not have to be Scouts," said Susan Ode from the Scout office.

The rodeo has been staged for more than 10 years, Ode said.

"The Explorers work with the police department helping set up the rodeo to make sure kids are safe and teach about bike safety," she said.

There is no cost for the event. Volunteers will tune up bikes and the kids can win prizes and navigate age-appropriate obstacle courses to test their skills.

"Little ones will have simple courses to navigate, with more intricate ones for the older kids," Ode said.

Explorers, who are the older Scouts, will teach the children about safe bike riding practices, such as always wearing a helmet and riding a bike that is in good working condition.

"Kids will be able to watch and learn," Ode said.

Piedmont is currently in the process of developing a "Safe Routes to School" component for the all-city pedestrian and bicycle plan that will be implemented.

Numerous suggestions from residents are being considered that will make walking and bicycle riding safer on city streets. Those include installing more bike racks, bike lanes, more visibly marked intersections and sidewalk and curb ramp work.


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Piedmont received a $100,000 grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commissin to develop the plan.

A map of proposed bikeways and routes can be found at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/walkbike.

Councilman Tim Rood said at a recent meeting, "I would like to see as our highest priority traffic calming improvements to the major streets our kids have to cross every day to get to school."

IF YOU GO
What: Piedmont Boy Scouts bicycle rodeo
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10
Where: Beach Elementary School playground, 100 Lake Ave., Piedmont
Cost: Free
Information: 510-547-4493