In Portland, Spring Break is behind us, and that means our fleet of bicycles is out of storage and moving around from school to school. First on the calendar for our 10 hour interactive Bike Safety Education program were the 5th graders at Rigler School in NE Portland.
Students love the opportunity to practice navigating their neighborhood streets by bike, teachers like to see their students learn safety skills and get needed exercise, and neighbors like it too! Check out this message we received from Heather, Rigler's school secretary:
A neighbor left an anonymous message on our machine at 6:20 am complimenting you on the bike safety program. She didn't leave a name or number, but said that she had taught school for 25 years, and it was wonderful to see the students moving through the neighborhood in a group, and working so hard to learn to bike safely and lawfully. She praised the group leaders for their excellent rapport with the students (good job, LeeAnne & Clare!), and that she really appreciated seeing students biking respectfully and safely around town, wearing safety gear and learning the rules of the road.
Thanks for sharing Heather, and hopefully you will get the chance to see a group of students riding around in your neighborhood soon!