Bike rodeo returns in May


STANDISH — The Kyle Kandal Bicycle Safety Rodeo will be back at the Standish Elementary School parking lot Saturday, May 8.

The rodeo is a free, yearly event that promotes bicycle safety for 4- to 10-year-olds, and it is sponsored by Balance Medical Supply and the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department.

“Kyle Kandal was killed on a bike right here in Standish,” Kim Kroczaleski said, explaining the reason behind the name of the event.

The bike rodeo began shortly before Kandal’s death, but the name was changed after Kandal’s accident.

Participants in the rodeo go through eight different stations to learn about bike safety.

One station will include Tami Bersano, a representative from the Field Neuroscience Institute, who will be fitting helmets on children and doing a presentation on the injuries that can occur in bicycle accidents.

Another station will have people doing bike inspections and fixing any minor problems.

The American Red Cross will provide water and first aid, and apples from the Arenac County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education will be provided for the afternoon snack. Milk was also be provided by local members of the Michigan Milk Producers Association.

Helmets will be donated to children who need them, and two bikes will be given away by the Kandal family.

“We get about 50 kids each year,” Kroczaleski said about the average attendance for the event.

Registration for the rodeo begins at 12:30 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 1 p.m.


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