Farnsworth Middle School has taken bike safety to the road, bringing their sixth graders outdoors to practice road safety.
is the first year the students were offered the program, which is
entitled School Bike Driver's Education. Consisting of nine classes,
the program culminated with a bike ride through Farnsworth neighborhood
streets as students demonstrated the skills they learned.
the bike safety class I learned how to put a chain on when it falls off
and to check to see if your bike is safe for you to ride, which is most
important because then you won't get hurt. I love biking," said Heather.
their trip around the neighborhood students practiced hand signals and
motor vehicle awareness. Because of the limited number of bikes
available, students were given a choice between rollerblading and
"We hope to expand the
program to a greater number of students next year," said Farnsworth
Middle School teacher Judy Rammer. "The instructor did an outstanding
job. Bikes were provided and each student was given a helmet to use and
keep after the completion of the lessons. We were very appreciative of
the opportunity to enhance our present curriculum with lessons that
promote a healthier, more active lifestyle."
Schachameyer, employed by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and a
League of American Bicyclists Certified instructor, led the program.
graders have been targeted because they are at an appropriate age to,
at times, bike in the road, not just on the sidewalk, and should be
taught the skills and traffic laws to safely do so," said Schachameyer.
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin staff has taught more than 4,000
students throughout Wisconsin the Bike Drivers Ed curriculum through
the Safe Routes to Schools. More information on the services provided
by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is available on their website.
the bike safety class I learned how to use hand signals which is
important because drivers need to know where you are going. I liked the
class because I like to bike," said one student.
bike education was part of a larger contract to implement a Safe Routes
to School program in Sheboygan County. As part of the program, over the
summer Safe Route to School Action Plans were created for each public
elementary and middle school in the county. The Action Plans can be
seen at the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin website or Sheboygan County's website.