Alameda County's Safe Routes to School Program: May is Still Bike Month

Dear AUSD Community, 

 

Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School Program has put together a list of activities and resources to help you stay healthy during the shelter-in-place mandate! All of the resources are optional and are intended to be easily incorporated into your lives. 

 

For example, if you are able to get out for a walk, you might also want to check out one of the scavenger hunt activities where students can search for colors and shapes during your stroll. Most of our activities can be adapted to fit your needs.

 

We also want to let you know that May is Still Bike Month, which means you can get out and #ridethedistance.

 

Biking can play a role in our lives during this time.  Across the country, cities are seeing an increase in bike ridership. As long as you keep safe social distancing guidelines in mind (please make sure to check the Alameda County Public Health webpage for reliable updates), this is a great time to ride a bike. Even though the usual May Bike to School Day has been cancelled, we encourage you to join others in celebrating Bike Month

 

Try biking to a nearby park, a practice ride to your school, or learn bike safety and maintenance at home with one of our webinars. We want to see what folks are doing all around Alameda County! However you celebrate Bike Month, take a picture and post with the hashtag: #ridethedistance.

 

Check their website for all of the list of activities, including a few that can complement Bike Month. You can find all online activities on our special distance learning webpage.

 

Activities and Lessons  

 

For All Ages

Slow Streets: take a stroll or roll on local streets that are closed to cars, with plenty of space for physical activity with social distancing.  

 

Elementary School 

  • Scavenger Hunt - get ready to go on a hunt exploring your community or home to discover new things.
  • Safe Routes Reading List - age appropriate transportation-related book list. Books added every two weeks!
  • And see Bike Safety and Virtual BikeMobile webinars below!

 

Middle School

  • Remote Learning Go Green curriculum -  lessons that teach students about the benefits of changing their transportation mode, in an effort to protect the environment and increase physical activity. Includes thought provoking activities and videos. Great for grades 6 - 7th. 
  • Go Green Jeopardy - after completing the Go Green curriculum, this is a fun way to test your transportation knowledge with this fun Jeopardy game.
  • And see Drive Your Bike and Virtual BikeMobile webinars below!

 

High School

  • High School Rail Safety Presentation - learn more about rail safety through this Powerpoint presentation.
  • See Drive Your Bike and Virtual BikeMobile webinars below!

 

And for parents, click here to learn more about how to join your local Safe Routes to School Task Force!

 

Webinars

Safe Routes to School is also hosting a number of webinars on bike maintenance and biking and walking safety so your students can continue to learn throughout the spring. Each webinar will be broadcast multiple times, and we hope we’ll see you at one of the showings!

 

Drive Your Bike: Introduction to Bike Safety – Includes instructions on helmet and bike fit. Age range: Geared toward middle school, but all ages welcome! 

 

Drive Your Bike: Getting on the Road – Includes pre-ride safety check and bike handling skills.  Age range: Geared toward middle school, but all ages welcome! 

 

Drive Your Bike: Navigating Streets Safely – Includes Intersections and rules of right-of-way. Age range: Geared toward middle school, but all ages welcome! 

 

Virtual BikeMobile: ABC Quick Check and Equipment – Learn how to check your bike for problems before each ride and how to bring the right gear. Age range: 10 to adult

 

Virtual BikeMobile: Bike Types, Selection, and Fit – Decide what kind of bike is right for you. Age range: 10 to adult

 

Virtual BikeMobile: Lock Up Your Bike! – Tips and tricks to keep your bike from getting stolen. Age range: 10 to adult 

 

Virtual BikeMobile: Flat Tire Repair Clinic – How to fix a flat tire like a pro. Age range: 10 to adult 

 

Pedestrian Safety – Learn about pedestrian safety with your young child. For this webinar, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle, bicycle helmet and backpack by taking a short quiz at the end of the webinar.  Age range: K-2nd grade, and parents.

 

Pedestrian Safety – Learn about pedestrian safety with your young child. For this webinar, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle, bicycle helmet and backpack by taking a short quiz at the end of the webinar.  Age range: 3rd - 4th grade.

 

Pedestrian Safety – Learn about pedestrian safety with your young child. For this webinar, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle, bicycle helmet and backpack by taking a short quiz at the end of the webinar.  Age range: 5th - 6th grade.

 

Children Behaviors, Driver Behavior Common Causes, Countermeasures, Involvement - Learn how to promote good pedestrian and driver behaviors. For this webinar, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle helmet and backpack by taking a short quiz at the end of the webinar. Age range: parents and caregivers.

 

Children Behaviors/School Traffic Issues - Learn how to promote Pedestrian Rodeo to your school and learn about scheduling protocols and lessons. For this webinar, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle helmet and backpack by taking a short quiz at the end of the webinar. Age range: SR2S Champions and coordinators

 

 

The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program is a program of the Alameda County Transportation Commission and is funded with Alameda County's local sales tax Measure B, regional, state, and federal funds.    

http://alamedacountysr2s.org/covid-19/ Source: Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program
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