Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 12th, 2005 at 2:02 am
After having so much fun with the kids at Abernethy School last week, I decided to answer the BTA's recent call for volunteers to help with their Bicycle Safety Program. This program teaches elementary school kids all about bikes and how to ride them safely.
I rode out far NE to Prescott Elementary on a perfectly sunny day and was greeted by a few other volunteers and our fearless leader for the day, Sara Stout. Sara recently had her bike stolen, recovered, and stolen again, but she seemed to be holding herself together pretty well.
Before heading out on our ride, the kids donned snazzy yellow jerseys and helmets and made sure there bikes were in tip-top shape. We checked their helmets for proper fit, adjusted their saddles as needed and soon headed down the road. We were even joined by the school's principal just in case any of the kids go too out of line (just kidding).
There's always one or two hotshots and show-offs in each group...but I was impressed with how well they all rode. Hand signals and complete stops were the norm. I actually rolled through a stop (an honest mistake!) and had one sweet little girl admonish me about it!
We rode just a mile or two to another school, let the kids loose with some frisbee, then rode back. It was a good day and I always get optimistic about the future when I see kids on bikes.