Amber Briggle had a scare on her way to Jazz Fest this April. While crossing the street on her bike, Gracie, her little girl, was hit by a car. She was, okay, but it sure did scare the heck out of Briggle who decided that she needed to do something to keep this from happening again. She soon set in motion a plan to teach children ages 4 - 8 about bike safety. Briggle wrangled together a hodge-podge group of volunteers, put together some downright awesome goodie bags and secured Lieutenant Thomas Woods of the Denton Police Dept. and Denton PD bike officer, Donnie Carr, to do the actual instruction for the kids. Briggle dubbed the event the "Bike Rodeo," and crossed her fingers that all would go off without a hitch.
The first ever Bike Rodeo happened this past Saturday at the Denton Community Market, and while this was Briggle's first (bike) rodeo, we'll definitely go on record as saying that no "hitches" were to be had. Students listened quietly and carefully to the police officers and all seemed to learn much about safely during the time they were there.
Below are a few photos of the event. Briggle is currently aligning the pieces to have another Bike Rodeo sometime around August. If you have a little one whom could stand to learn a little more about their two-wheeler, make sure to sign them up in advance. We'll make sure to give you a heads-up when the next event has been finalized.