From refurbished bicycles to new biking safety accessories and bicycling basics, the city of Windom, MN is collaborating with the Windom Fire/Ambulance, Kiwanis, Windom EDA, Women of Today, Windom Area Hospital and the Shopko Foundation, in a variety of capacities to prepare bicyclists to get pedaling this summer.
With the generosity of community donations, Windom Kiwanians successfully refurbished 50 used bicycles, which were given out to youths and adults in need. They also received basic bicycling instructions and the chance to win one of two new bicycles during the Windom Police Department’s annual bike rodeo.
Windom Area Hospital was awarded a $1,000 Shopko Foundation grant to fund approximately 30 bike helmets and 200 lights, which will be given away to bike rodeo participants.
“Our hospital has a strategic initiative of doing community outreach that benefits population health,” said Emily Masters, Windom Area Hospital chief human relations officer, who oversees the wellness department. “Our involvement in an event that promotes fitness, promotes family unity and promotes safety just made sense for us to participate, and make an event that people want to come to and participate in.”
Bike rodeo participants, kindergarten-aged and older, also completed an obstacle course that taught them how to properly stop at stop signs, turn, use hand signals and handle their bike.
“The goal is to get kids and adults to be more aware of how important bike safety is,” said Windom Police Department School Resource Officer Dana Wallace.
The Shopko Foundation proudly promotes healthy lifestyles and within our communities. By working together, we can help children build positive habits early in life that can impact their health for a lifetime.
For more information, visit bikemn.org/education/walk-bike-fun.