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BikeTexas was proud to host 18 UT Austin Students on November 11 for a CATS presentation and bike ride as part of their Adventure Activities course toward a degree in Kinesiology and Health (most of the students in this class are physical education teachers in training). Lecturer Tere Ramirez worked with CATS Program Manager Brenda Chuleewah to prepare an overview of the CATS materials.
Students took the CATS pre-test to assess what they already knew about bike laws and safety, then watched the award-winning Safety Bling! video. Next, students learned about Texas Bike Laws, when they should take the lane while riding, and the dangers of texting while trying to walk, bike, or drive. Students then took the CATS post-test to show what they'd learned.
After getting an overview of safely and legally riding, the students had the chance to put their new knowledge to work on a class bike ride. Before taking off, the group learned how to do an ABC Quick Check as well as how to scan while riding and signal a turn. Students then took off for a short ride around Austin, practicing all their new skills on real roads.