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Bike to School day set for May 4 in Perham

Perham-Dent School students are encouraged to participate in the Bike to School Day planned May 4 in Perham. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the ...

Perham-Dent School students are encouraged to participate in the Bike to School Day planned May 4 in Perham.

National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month. During this month residents are encouraged to incorporate more walking and biking into their daily routines.

A free bike rodeo, planned as part of National Bike Month, for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to sharpen their bicycle safety skills will be from 5 to 6 p.m. May 4, at the Boys and Girls Club parking lot at 320 6th Ave. SW in Perham.

"We typically have 120 to 140 kids attend (the bike rodeo), said Karen Nitzkorski, with A Partnership 4 Health, which serves Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties.

Children will sharpen their bicycle skills at various learning stations, such as Safety Checklist, Driveway Rideout, Crazy Crossroads, Cones, Brake Dancing, Staying Between the Lines and Testing the Hand signals.

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As participants complete the bike rodeo course, they will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a new bike. Fourteen new bikes have been provided by local sponsors along with many new bike helmets.

No pre-registration is required but participants need to bring their bike and helmet. Co-sponsors of this event include KLN Enterprises, the Perham Police Department, Perham Health, The Real Estate Company of Detroit Lakes (Dave Neisen), Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Arvig, East Otter Tail 4-H Youth Development Program, Ben Holzer Unlimited, Perham Lions Club, Ace Hardware, Safe Kids, Sanford Children's and PartnerSHIP 4 Health.

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country - and in Perham - each October. About 500 to 600 children in Perham walk to school as part of the national program.

For more information, contact Nitzkorski at 701-371-9644; by email at knitzkorski@gmail.com ; or Janet Malone, East Otter Tail County 4-H Program Coordinator at 218-385-5424; or by email at malon034@umn.edu .

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