Elementary Students Learn Bike Safety
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Thursday, students at three Grand Junction elementary schools continued their hands-on training, to teach them the basics of bike safety as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program.
The three week course provided students a variety of safety techniques, such as learning how to stop, use bike signals, and slow down.
Teachers say it is always better to start any safety training at an early age.
"It's very important that kids learn young. When they learn the rules earlier they seem to follow them," explained Sandy Thies, a physical education teacher for School District 51.
For students like Cameron Bushman, the program is not only fun, but beneficial.
"You have to adjust it every once in a while. Because your head always gets bigger and then you do the two-finger check. Over your eyebrows, right here, and under your chin,” Bushman explained as how to one should properly wear a helmet.
The City of Grand Junction and Grand Valley Bikes were awarded $26,940 by CDOT to provide the Safe Routes to School Program.
Teachers also say 10 students learned how to ride a bike, and are looking forward to providing this program next year.