On Friday, May 14 we held the 3rd Annual Telluride Marshal’s Department Bike Safety Rodeo for approximately 120 second- and fifth-graders. It takes a large group effort to pull something like this off and I’d like to recognize some of the organizers and volunteers.
From the Town of Telluride, Marshal Jim Kolar has been a steady supporter of this event while Code Enforcement Officers Sean Reynolds and Dan Rider did setup, breakdown and registered about 100 bikes. The Streets Crew prepped the parking lot for us and Parks and Rec laid down the course lines.
From the schools, Principals Steve Smith and Trish Greenwood did most of the event coordinating and 15 middle schoolers donated their time and energy to be the actual skill trainers.
Bill Saviage of US Foodservice and Maggie’s Bakery donated the snacks that kept energy levels up. Bike Mechanic Jake Anderson of Telluride Sports spent the day with us fixing up bikes and provided water bottles for prizes and brought coupons for bike tunes and helmets. The Telluride Association of Realtors lent us their orange safety vests to distinguish the trainers.
Thanks as well to the adult volunteers, especially uber-volunteer Gary Freedman, who is always the first one there and the last to leave.
Thanks to all of you (and anyone I missed), our kids are cycling more often and more safely around town.
– John Wontrobski, Bike Rodeo Coordinator, Telluride Marshal’s Department