Fourth- and fifth-graders learned new ways to safely enjoy their bicycles this summer at Safe Routes To School’s camp June 22 at McCormick Middle School.
Ed Stewart, founder of the Silver Wheels cycling club, hosted the camp and stressed the importance of learning fundamental bicycle skills at a young age.
“Lorain County has been very active in getting programs like Safe Routes To School implemented for schools all over,” he said. “Most kids get a bike and are just told to go ride and figure things out for themselves. This is mostly a skill-based camp since we’re working with younger kids. Once they get to be about 12, we begin teaching pre-driving skills like yielding.”
The camp is one of the activities provided through the Wellington school district’s SRTS funding along with walk- and bike-to-school days. SRTS is one of the school district’s wellness team initiatives.
The Lorain County General Health District has assisted with the SRTS project and has been able to provide bike racks at several locations in the community with funding from the Creating Healthy Committees program.
“We’re talking about how to make adjustments to their handlebars, brakes, seats, and chains,” said Stewart. “These kids are still sidewalk riders and they also need to understand that goes with watching out for pedestrians on foot.”
Madaline Ausse will be a fifth-grader at Westwood this fall. The 10-year-old was happy to hear about new ways to stay safe on her bike.
“We learned about how you have to put your hands straight out all the way when you’re signaling to let cars know where you’re going,” she said. “Mr. Stewart is showing us these things so that we’re prepared for anything that comes up on the road.”
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Fourth- and fifth-graders take bike safety lessons June 22 from Silver Wheels’ Ed Stewart.