Bernardston Bike Rodeo returns Saturday

  • At the Bernardston Bike Rodeo in 2019, children’s top speeds reached up to 20 mph. STAFF FILE PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • Following a hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is back on Saturday at the Bernardston Elementary School. Organizers anticipate setting up this year’s event similarly to what was done in 2019, pictured. Staff File Photo/Max Marcus

Staff Writer
Published: 6/10/2021 3:53:56 PM

BERNARDSTON — Following a hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bernardston Bike Rodeo is back on Saturday.

Held for Bernardston Elementary School students, the event will be held in the school parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. One vehicle per family may park at the school, with overflow parking at the former Four Leaf Clover Restaurant at 19 South St. All Bernardston Elementary School families are invited, and children will must bring their own bicycles.

Bernardston Police Sgt. John Richardson said the Bike Rodeo was started by the Bernardston Police Relief Association in 2019 with the intent to make it an annual event. However, last year the event was not held due to the pandemic restrictions.

Organizers anticipate setting up this year’s “rodeo” similarly to what was done in 2019. Multiple challenge stations will be staffed by members of the Valley Storm softball team and Bernardston Police Department. Challenges will include a speed trailer test to check top speeds. In 2019, top speeds reached up to 20 mph. A short, colorful course will be set up on the basketball court for the smallest children, Richardson said.

In addition to the challenge courses, Richardson said police officers will discuss road safety rules, including hand signals. They will also cover how to properly inspect a bicycle’s brakes, reflectors and tires, and helmet safety.

“The Bernardston Police Relief Association will have over 50 helmets on hand to hand out to BES students who need them, and make sure they are fitted properly,” Richardson added. “We find as children grow, sometimes their old helmet no longer fits properly, so they skip it. This event allows us to ensure every child has a properly sized and fitted helmet to safely enjoy bicycling as the school year ends.”

Other organizations participating in Saturday’s event include Bicycle World of Greenfield, which will offer free bike inspections and help with helmet fittings. Townline Ice Cream and Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, both of Bernardston, will provide refreshments.

Additionally, staff from Franklin First Federal Credit Union will teach children about their Frankie Fund program. According to the company’s website, the Frankie Fund program opens a child’s savings account to teach and promote financial education and help lay the foundation for creating good saving habits.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-930-4579.

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