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Coach Terri O’Bryant of Converse Elementary in Judson ISD (San Antonio) became certified as a SuperCyclist teacher in January of 2006. Inspired by the SuperCyclist workshop, Coach O’Bryant tells us in her own words about teaching kids bike safety in school.
Contributed by Coach Terri O’Bryant
(Converse Elem., San Antonio)
Spring has sprung and summer is coming around the corner. What better time to refresh the memory on the bicycle laws and bicycle safety. Bicycles are most people’s first vehicles. Riding a bicycle is one of the most enjoyable activities of childhood. Many of our most cherished childhood memories center on the bicycle. However, bicycles are also the source of many significant childhood injuries each year. With that in mind, Converse Elementary is so lucky to have volunteers to offer these safety tips for kids on bikes.
Prior to our bike rodeo, I contacted the Boy Scouts of America to see if there were any scouts that needed to earn their Eagle. There were several. The idea was to open up a bike repair workshop so many children who normally would not participate in the rodeo because of a flat tire, chain off, or bike seat needing to be lifted, etc. would be able to do so this year. It was very successful.
Also prior to the rodeo, two police officers spent two days at the school giving a series of 50 minute classroom presentations. The officers reviewed correct helmet fit, dressing safely, the ABC Quick Check and the rules, laws and safe bike driving. Students thought the officers were ‘cool’ and enjoyed the presentation.
Coach O’Bryant and Officer Kim Molder worked together to organize the bike rodeo that followed. The children were able to ride several skills courses.
Coach O’Bryant told us, “It was a wonderful day! The students and parents are still talking about it. Also, our school bike racks have more bikes. I hope we can continue to work together to give our kids what they deserve and need. Bike safety is very important.”
Thank you to SuperCyclist teacher Coach O’Bryant for her dedication to making a difference in the safety of her students.