Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 30, 2019
Students geared up at bike rodeos
Castine, Penobscot students ride
Wet conditions do not stop Penobscot Community School students in grades kindergarten through four from riding their bikes during the school’s annual bike rodeo.
by Monique Labbe
Students at the Adams School and Penobscot Community School pedaled their way through parking lots and roadways during their respective bike rodeos earlier this month.
Physical Education teacher at both schools Katrina Dagen organized the events, which take place at the schools each year. The students learned about bike safety and helmet importance before climbing on their bikes for a ride.
In Penobscot, students in grades 5-8 rode down North Penobscot Road and turned left toward the gravel pit. From there they turned around and headed down Southern Bay Road to Northern Bay Market. Northern Bay Market supplied the group with freeze pops and the students purchased drinks and penny candy before heading back to the school.
The school parking lot was transformed into a bike course for the younger students that afternoon. Stop signs, traffic lights and crosswalk signs were street signs they had to recognize and obey. Students enjoyed an afternoon of biking. Raffle prizes were also awarded and bikes were accessorized. Dagen also gave away 15 helmets that were either from last year’s rodeo supply or donated to the school.
Students in grades 5-8 at the Adams School embarked on a ride of their own the day before, riding down Water Street and up Windmill Hill. The group went up Battle Avenue where they stopped at Dyce Head for freeze pops and then went back to Tarratine Street, Court Street and finally back to the school.
That afternoon, the younger students used the asphalt area around the town common and outside of the school as a bike course, practicing riding down the horseshoe-driveway’s hill, entering the street, and then returning up the other side. Students also practiced breaking and maintaining a safe speed as well as shifting gears to pedal uphill.
The Hatch Fund contributes helmets and other raffle prizes each year, according to Dagan.
“This is truly one of the best events I coordinate as a [physical education] teacher,” she said.