Silver Lake kids will have a unique chance to learn about biking safely in the city on May 18 when the "Bike Rodeo" comes to town.
Sponsored by the Education Committee of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, the event will roll out a simulated urban environment, Safe Moves City, on the school yard at Micheltorena Elementary.
According to the Safe Moves website, it uses mock streets, intersections, residential and business districts combine to "simulate the diverse traffic environments in Los Angeles and to create 'problem solving' experiences" for young riders.
Dorit Dowler-Guerrero and Teresa Lucha Sitz of the SLNC Education Committee will co-host.
Dowler-Guerrero told us in an email how she got the idea for the event:
When I was growing up in Santa Monica in the late 1960s and early 1970s, most kids would get jobs delivering the local evening news paper, the Santa Monica Evening Outlook. To get the job, you had to pass a class on bike safety and repair. After you finished the class you received a certificate. I talked to other folks my age and older who also remember bike safety classes offered in their communities when they were kids. Then I talked to CD4, who told me about the Safe Moves program.
Kids aged 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the rodeo, which will take place at the Micheltorena Elementary School at 1511 Micheltorena Street at 10 a.m.
Sitz says the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be providing free bikes and helmets for those in need.
Bike inspections will also be offered.
For more information, join the event's Facebook page.