I’d first like to congratulate Tinian for a successful event! A Bike Rodeo is a great way to educate children and adults alike about cycling safety while also providing a fun and entertaining challenge. The Tinian bike community is a wonderful group of people, and I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to cycle with them on several occasions.
The press release said that this was the CNMI’s first ever Bike Rodeo, however this is not the case. The Saipan Fire Station held a Bike Rodeo in May of 2011 in conjunction with their EMS Week celebrations and in partnership with DPS’s bike patrol and Beach Road Magazine. The event began with the closing of Beach Road from the Fishing Base to the Garapan Fire Station and a parade headed by the Taga Riders motorcycle organization followed by Saipan cyclists of all ages. Jason Tarkong of the DPS Bike Patrol created a fun and education Bike Rodeo for the kids in the parking lot of American Memorial Park while the community enjoyed food and entertainment at the Fire Station. Thanks to then Fire chief Tom Manglona, Jason Tarkong, and several others, the day was educational and fun for all.