Bike Safe Rodeo In Downtown Wichita Falls This Weekend

Bike Safe Rodeo In Downtown Wichita Falls This Weekend

Wichita Falls, TX - Bicyclists young and old are invited to the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club and the Wichita County Medical Alliance Bike Safe rodeo this weekend.

The event comes as hundreds, if not thousands, of riders are beginning to train for the Hotter'N Hell 100 bike race.

In the city there are no designated bike lanes and in recent months, bicyclist have found riding on city streets to be dangerous.

Les Akins, an avid cyclist in Wichita falls is the latest victim.

"I'm alive and I understand that I shouldn't be," said Les.

We first told you his story in February after being struck by a car from behind when riding his bike along Interstate 44.

"We're sharing the roadways with cyclist, motorcyclist, people walking and jogging. We just got to be careful," said Les.

It's an issue Newschannel 6 brought to city's attention. At last check, the city told us they are working to address and bikers safety remains a concern.

"So teaching people how to navigate traffic when they have to be out on the road and there is not a bicycle pathway is an important skill to know whether you are young or old," said Paul Cook, Bike Safe Wichita Falls.

Event organizers said they will be inspecting bikes and giving advice on training.

"We have a course where everyone can ride through to learn how to properly stop, how to hand signal, avoid hazards at intersections. All the different things that have led to bad outcomes for bicyclist and how to share the road with those that are out on the road."

Their hope is to educate the next generation of riders that biking isn't just about riding but health and safety too.

The bike rodeo will start at the Hotter'N Hell building downtown on Scott Street Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration is between 8:30 - 9 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6