In collaboration with the Healthy Bedford Task Force, Bedford Public Schools, Massachusetts Department of Transportation/Safe Routes to School and MassBike, Lane Elementary School held its first bicycle rodeo to teach third grade students bicycle safety skills.
Approximately 70 students learned how to properly fit a helmet, basic bicycle maintenance and bicycle safety skills.
The CDC and other health experts recommend that school-age children participate in at least one hour of vigorous physical activity every day and, ideally, significantly more. One way to get children to exercise is through active travel, such as cycling and walking, as they can do it on the way to school or other daily activities. The rodeo introduced a skills that will help improve bicycle proficiency and are designed to promote the safety of students on their way to school and in the community.
Recognizing that not every student has access to a bicycle or may not be able to get their bicycle to school, Healthy Bedford applied for a grant from the Community Health Network Alliance, CHNA 15, to purchase bikes and some equipment for Bicycle Safety Training and Bicycle Skills Instruction. It is expected that this will be an ongoing event in future years and available to Davis Elementary and John Glenn Middle Schools and during other compatible efforts.
For information on this initiative or Safe Routes to School, contact Carla Olson at 781-275-7727, ext. 4330, or email@example.com.