Bikes for Tykes event a win-win

The main event is what is called the Bike Rodeo, which will be set up by Bill Van Alstyne, program director for the Albany County Traffic Safety Education program for the Albany County Department of Public Works. Van Alstyne said he tried to recreate some city streets for kids to ride their bikes through.

Safety tips such as riding on the right side of the road, stopping at every street corner, obeying traffic signals and pavement markings and, most importantly, looking left, right and then left again before crossing the street.

"The reason why to look left again is because children have a much narrower field of vision that adults do," he said. "That's why I have to address the left. It is the most dangerous because cars drive on the right side of the road."

Van Alstyne said kids will also go through a series of road tests such as maneuvering through tight spaces, emergency braking and learning how to use hand signals to indicate whether you are stopping or what direction you'e turning.

"The road course is a lot like a 16 year old taking a driver's education," he said. "We teach it in a way that kids can understand because kids don't always have a good perception of traffic."

Rios said the event will also feature other things such as face painting, appearances by the National Kidney Foundation's mascot, Sidney the Kidney and the Tri-City Valley Cats will be hosting some activities. This event is a way for the foundation to reach out and meet with the Colonie Community.

With the warmer weather fast approaching, Rios said this is the perfect event.

"I'm really excited about it," she said. "I'm looking forward to a really great day with the families and the community.""

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