Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What did your elementary school offer for fun at the end of the year?

As the kids were wrapping up their last two weeks of school, I was asked by my daughter if I would help with her class's bike rodeo. Without hesitation I said yes.



Any time you can gather a group of kids and their bikes, I'm always game. I feel entitled to pass along some knowledge that I didn't have when I was their age. As I look back on my years, I don't know how I'm still alive. With the lack of hand signals that I used while riding; actually none were used in my teens. Bicycling against the flow of traffic, riding on sidewalks around town instead of on the street and most of all, no helmet wearing were my faults back then. 

That being said, there are endless amounts of cyclists on our roads in need of a proper education when it comes to riding in traffic, with traffic and general common sense while pedaling a bike. If I can reach out to the youth of today and plant the seed, I'll rest a little better at night. 

There were four skills stations setup in the back parking lot of the elementary school. One station was a mock-intersection, figure eight/ yield loop, snail race and the other, an avoidance lane exercise. I helped out at the snail race and the avoidance station.



Here is a photograph of the lane avoidance course. It was a narrow lane with protruding objects which forced you to speed-check yet still remain in between the lane of dots. The riders were met with a stop sign at the end of the lane. Then they turned left and back up the hill through a slalom course.

The snail race was my favorite. My daughter won it for her class. It was a point A to B race, as slow as you can go without putting a foot down. She did it 24 seconds over the length of 30 feet. I think I can soon get her to trackstand! 

Stopping, starting, use of hand signals, safely controlling your speed and being aware of your surroundings were all covered during the bike rodeo. Those who did not have a helmet to wear while on their bicycle that day, received a donation lid from the school. 

This was a great way to wrap up the school year in my opinion.

Have a great summer!
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