Westerville children will have the chance to learn a little more about bicycle safety this weekend when the Westerville Division of Police hosts its semi-annual bike safety rodeo.

Westerville children will have the chance to learn a little more about bicycle safety this weekend when the Westerville Division of Police hosts its semi-annual bike safety rodeo.

Crime prevention officer Randy Bailey said Westerville police officers and State Farm employees will be on hand to help children through a bicycle inspection and then through various safety stations at the rodeo.

The hands-on program is designed to help children learn bike safety techniques such as balance and steering coordination, braking, speed control and the importance of proper bicycle safety, he said.

Once the course is completed, children will receive their own bicycle safety identification cards, safety information packets, and a free T-shirt, while supplies last. There will also be several bicycle helmets awarded through random drawings.

Each participating child will be registered to participate in a gift certificate drawing for a new bicycle, with one new bike being awarded for each grade level. Refreshments will also be provided.

The rodeo is open to all children in kindergarten through third grade who ride bikes, according to Bailey. The participation schedule is kindergarten, 9-10 a.m.; grade 1, 10-11 a.m.; grade 2, 11 a.m.-noon; and grade 3, noon-1 p.m. Participants must bring their own bikes, with no training wheels. Helmets are mandatory and each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The bicycle safety rodeo takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) on Saturday, May 2, in the parking lot of Robert Frost Elementary School, 270 N. Spring Road.