Seminole County Coaltion
150 Bush Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773 View Map
Bike Rodeo Information
Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition believes in
the Bike Rodeo Program. This program is self guided by Teachers,
School Resources Officers or Parents. A Bike Rodeo supply kit
is available if you are interested in conducting a Bike Rodeo.
In addition, Safe Kids – bike educators may be available
to assist you with your event.
The purpose of the stations, listed below, is to help youth
learn the skills needed to control his/her bicycle. The physical
development of the youth in the age 5-14 range varies widely.
These stations may sound simple but performing them can be difficult
for all youth. The stations will help them develop their coordination
The instructions for each station are listed below. Please make
sure each participant does their best at the stations and does
not just rush through them. All children must wear bike helmets
while riding on any course.
Station #1 - Mounting & Dismounting Course: 2 parallel lines about three (3) feet apart, each 60 Ft.
Diagram Purpose: To demonstrate starting and stopping while maintaining
control of their bike. Instructions: Put front tire at one end of the lane with bike at
a dead stop. Rider must mount their bike and then steer it to the
other end without losing balance or swerving out of the lines,
and then dismount at the end of the lane. Many boys will have trouble
controlling their bike when starting from a complete stop.
Station #2 - Circling and Changing Direction Course: A figure 8 course with a 1.5ft lane. Each circle
made up of a 12’ft diameter inner circle and 15’ ft
diameter outer circle. Entrance at one end of the circle 8. Exit
same end or other end. Mark route with chalk arrows drawn on
Diagram Purpose: To test balance and steering control while changing directions. Instructions: Rider should start to right and maneuver through
the circles in a figure 8. This tests the riders ability to control
their bike on simple curved course.
Station #3 - Diminishing Clearance (Straight Line Control) Course: Two straight lines 60ft long, beginning with 18” width
between lines going down to 4” width in the first 30ft. The
last 30ft are at the 4” width between the lines. Small cones
can be put down every 10 feet or so along the path. Rider can have
20ft before the lines to start, if space is available. View
Diagram Purpose: To test balance and steering control. Instructions: Rider starts before lines being and then rides between
the lines to the end without crossing the lines. The narrowing
of the lines requires the rider to steer straight and forces them
to be more controlled in riding.
Station #4 - Weaving and Maneuvering Course: A 40ft course marked about every 8 feet with cones. Mark
a starting area before the course for rider to get started. Mark
locations of cones with tape or chalk in case they get moved. View
Diagram Purpose: To test balance, steering control and the riders ability
to judge distance. Instructions: The rider shouldn't hit any obstacles and should
weave alternately to the right and left. This tests the balance
of the rider and also helps them to control their bike when they
need to navigate past road obstacles such as drain grate, trash,
or other things found in the road.
Station #5 - Stopping Ability Course: Two 60ft lines space 3ft apart. 50ft from the beginning
(ten feet from the end), mark a STOPPING line between the two lines.
NOTE: The stopping line can be hard for rider to see, a STOP sign
placed at the stopping line is a good idea. Purpose: Test judgment and braking control. View
Diagram Instructions: Rider should ride through the first 50 feet and be
able to bring the bike to a complete stop before touching either
foot to the ground within the last 10 feet. Rider starts to brake
at first line and tries to stop close to end line. Stop the bike
without putting foot to ground. This simulates an emergency stop
and helps the rider learn how to control their bike in that situation. Station #6 - Short Radius Turning Course: A 3ft wide course that goes straight for 20ft and then
turns 180degrees to another straight 20’ section and then
turns sharply again into a final 20ft straight section. The straight
sections are 4ft apart. (See Diagram). A good way to mark this
out is use 3 side-by-side parking spaces. The 3ft riding lane and
4ft space are one space, the next lane and space are another space,
then use 3ft of the third space. Now connect with circular line
drawn in chalk. View
Diagram Purpose: To test balance, speed control and steering coordination. Instructions: Rider should maneuver through the course without
veering over the lines or putting a foot down to balance. Once
again we are teaching bike control over a curved course that may
also confuse the rider.
Station #7 – Turtle Crawl (Slow Speed Control) Course: A 3ft wide straight course that is 60ft long. Purpose: Rider should maneuver the bike at a slow speed, requiring
at least 30 seconds to travel from start to finish. View
Diagram Instructions: Rider starts and tries to ride to the end under 30
seconds without putting foot to ground or stopping. Rider can begin
in runway area. They don't have to start from dead stop at timing
line. If a stopwatch is not available have the boys ride as slow
as possible. How slow can they go without touching the ground.
Ultimate bike control is where it's at.
Station #8 – Tight Turns Course: Four U-shaped bays of diminishing size. Sizes 12’x10’,
12’x8’, 12’x6’, and 12’x4’.
Riders start at top of each bay and ride down and around making
the turn. If successful they proceed to next smaller bay. View
Diagram Purpose: To enhance balance and control skills Instructions: The rider will enter the widest bay first. If they
successfully make the turn without putting a foot down or stopping,
they move on to the next smaller bay and proceed on until they
have gone through all 4 bays.
Kids - Seminole County Coaltion - 150 Bush Boulevard Sanford,
FL 32773 - (407) 260-3410