Fourth-grader George Bielen makes a right-turn hand signal as Costa Mesa police Officer Trevor Jones guides him through an obstacle course during Wednesday’s Bike Rodeo at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa.(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
Kaiser Elementary School students ride through an obstacle course Wednesday during a Bike Rodeo as the Costa Mesa school participates in National Bike Month.(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
Ross Minion, right, president of Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary, and Barbara Peskind, left, fit students with bike helmets during a Bike Rodeo on Wednesday at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa.(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
Anthony Karambellas, general manager of the Cyclist bike shop, checks the brakes on a student’s bicycle during a Bike Rodeo on Wednesday at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa.(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
Kaiser Elementary School students rode metal steeds onto the campus Wednesday morning from Costa Mesa’s Lindbergh Park for Bike to School Day and the second annual Bike Rodeo.
The event focused on bicycle safety and education as part of National Bike Month. The ride to school was supervised by Costa Mesa police officers who rode along on bikes and followed in squad cars to help ensure the students’ safety as they traveled 23rd Street and Santa Ana Avenue to the campus.
At school, students learned about bike and street safety in assemblies led by the Police Department. Students had the opportunity to participate in the Bike Rodeo on the campus basketball courts if they received a green Bike to School Day pass after dropping off their bikes at the courts.
Students with the pass could have their bikes inspected and parts and tires replaced if they were not in proper condition. They also could participate in an obstacle course. Bike helmets were handed out to children who needed them.
“Kaiser’s fantastic community … provided our students with an unforgettable experience,” Deborah Granger, principal at Kaiser Elementary, said in a statement. “We are especially grateful for the CMPD officers that kept our students safe early this morning on the exciting ride to school.”