The Gazette ran a story a while ago about bicycle safety training at Berwyn Heights Elementary School.
The Berwyn Heights Police Department and the Washington Area Bike Association helped to organize the event.
‘‘It’s a good idea because some people crash their bikes,” Joshua Hamilton said. ‘‘My brother crashed his bike once and he got a concussion so this will make sure I am safe.”
Kids were taught the basics of bicycle maintenance, hand signals and aware cycling. These types of programs, in conjunction to Safe Routes to School, have the potential to really turn back the clock on kids biking to school (as in they used to a lot and now they do it rarely). And it has real benefits. According to the League of American Cyclists
There are more than three times as many overweight kids today as there were 25 years ago.
More than 1 in 3 young people in grades 9–12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity.
As much as 20% of morning rush hour traffic can be parents driving kids to school
School bus transportation is frequently the second largest budget item for school districts after salaries