Bike ED is a comprehensive, hands-on program that started in 2010 in the Fayetteville Public Schools to teach 3rd through 5th grade students how to drive a bicycle responsibly.
Spring 2013 will see the program travel at Holcomb, Owl Creek, Washington and Happy Hollow Elementary schools.
The documentary film of this first pilot year is on-line: Bike ED: Kids On Wheels.
Here's some national coverage of our program by one of the programs sponsors, Specialized Bicycles: http://firstgear.specialized.com/kids-in-arkansas-treated-to-bike-school.html
The Bike ED program will increase the safety of Fayetteville's streets. Bike ED is far more than an academic overview of bicycling. Students practice traffic maneuvers on bicycles and learn the skills that will make them safer drivers of any vehicle for the rest of their lives.
A Safe Routes to School Education grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and a supporting grant from Specialized Bicycles formed the financial backbone of the pilot year of Bike ED program.
PHOTO: Students from Root and Vandergriff share their Bike ED experiences on KUAF's Ozarks at Large with Kyle Kellums.
The Bike ED curriculum teaches the rules of the road and how to be visible, predictable, alert and assertive while driving their bicycle just as one would drive a motor vehicle. Even those not yet ready to balance on two wheels are learning the lessons as they fill the volunteer positions on our simulated roadway course.
An early write-up of the program appeared on the Fayetteville School District website at http://www.fayar.net/community/featurestorybiking.html
If you would like to see Bicycle Education in your child's school, and you live outside the Fayetteville Public School District, consider supporting the BCO as we work to expand our Kid's Education Program into all of NW Arkansas and eventually the entire State. The Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks is a resource for all Washington and Benton County school districts that would like help applying for a Bicycle Education grant through Safe Routes to School.