(September 16, 2015) Every summer for the past seven years the City of Portland Safe Routes to School program has partnered with SUN school programs to lead bike camps. This summer staff led camps in the David Douglas School District. Thirty-eight 3rd-5th grade students from Gilbert Heights, Gilbert Park and Mill Park schools learned safe bike handling skills, laws of the road, signals, and map reading. Then the students ventured out on the roads in outer east Portland to practice their riding skills and explore their neighborhoods.
The Safe Routes to School bike camps also provide summer internships to high school students through the SummerWorks program. This year two interns assisted with the bike camps. The main goal of the Safe Routes internship is to provide leadership skills and job skills to high school youth. During the six weeks the interns learned classroom management, lesson development and how to keep kids safe while riding bikes on the road.
As you can see from the smiles – bike camp was a success!