Morton Bike Rodeo

By Marc Strauss

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM CDT

Kids in Morton had a chance to win some big prizes on Saturday just for riding their bicycles.

The Morton Police Department hosted its annual bike rodeo where children could test their riding skills.

Riders had to navigate their bikes through a set of marked courses and show control while they rode. They were also challenged to see how slow they could ride and encouraged to wear a helmet.

Morton policeman Mike Foster said the goal was to show kids that having fun on their bike can also be safe.

"We make sure they understand that its not always going fast and fun as what's safe," said Foster. "It shows them that slow and controlled is really where safety's at.It gives them a little bit more experience and things that actually happen out there on the streets and sidewalks."

The winner of the bike rodeo will get a new bicycle and the runner up gets passes to Morton's municipal pool.

Morton Police were expecting almost 100 youngsters to participate.