We are excited to be starting our Bike Week next week with Bike Smart! http://bit.ly/Parents_Guide_Bicycling
The Bike Smart trailer will be visiting our school for the next two weeks beginning Monday, May 22! This program brings around 30- 40 bikes (of all sizes), helmets, and bike skills training materials to our school at no charge. Your child will improve their bike skills through games and on-bike activities designed to help him become a safe and confident bike rider.
Your child is free to bring their own helmet to use in class! Don’t forget to label the helmet (masking tape and a sharpie work well) so that they don’t get misplaced. If you choose not to bring a helmet, that’s fine too. The trailer comes equipped with enough bikes and helmets for the students. The helmets will be disinfected after each use. *WE ARE NOT BRINGING IN PERSONAL BIKES THIS YEAR!*
During the time that the trailer will be at our school, we’ll be dedicating PE classes to bike skills and safety. We will be learning how to check that a bicycle is safe to ride, as well as how to brake safely and effectively, turn smoothly, avoid road hazards, be alert for vehicles on the road, and more.
This is an excellent opportunity to go on bike rides with your child to practice the skills we will be learning in class. You can reinforce the bike skills that your child will be learning this week by going on bike rides together. Perhaps you might choose to bike to school together, or go on adventures after school, or on the weekend. Your child will have many new skills and games that they can share with you, and a family bike ride is always a lot of fun!
We were able to bring this trailer to our school through the generosity of the Bike Smart program. Bike Smart is funded by annual grants from RiseVT, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and Kohl’s Department Stores to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The program is powered by Local Motion, Vermont’s nonprofit advocate for safe walking and biking. For more information, visit https://www.localmotion.org/bike_smart
We are thrilled that your child will be spending time on a bike next week! By the time the trailer rolls out of the school parking lot, your child will have made some great strides in bicycling. Let’s hope for good bicycling weather! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacey Tancreti & Chad Sturgeon