From staff reports
PennDOT, the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Alliance Church held a free children’s bicycle rodeo Thursday in the parking lot at the Franklin Alliance Church on Otter Street.
The goal of the rodeo, which was open to youngsters ages 5 to 12, was to interest the kids in bicycling, educate them on safety requirements and instill in them safe biking habits.
The rodeo included a bike and helmet safety inspection and a variety of bike riding skill tests.
Brynna Baughman, 7, daughter of Sarah Baughman of Franklin; and Cash Perry, 8, son of Paula Perry of Seneca; were awarded new bicycles and accessories courtesy of the Franklin Kiwanis Club, Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E) of Venango County, and the Joe Slater Memorial.
The two were chosen through a random drawing, and they will be given the bikes next week at the Chamber of Commerce.
The event was made possible through the additional support of Cub Scout Pack 37, State Rep. R. Lee James and the Venango County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information on bicycle safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.