News Release

BVSD Logo
  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

10/27/2016
For Immediate Release
  Contact:

​BVSD Communications - 720-561-5825


 

BVSD Bike Ed Program Encourages Cycling Through Empowerment and Fun

Nine participating schools to reach 1,400 students with Safe Routes to School Grant

BOULDER: The BVSD Transportation Options program, TO School, is celebrating its second year of the Bike Ed program with four special school events that are open to media. BVSD Bike Ed delivers on-bike, real-world vehicular cycling training to elementary and middle school students. The program is funded by a Colorado Safe Routes to School grant and is located at nine schools within the District.


*Media are invited to cover these BVSD Bike Ed Bikeology classes.*


Meet Bike Ed instructors, PE teachers and school administrators; watch the program in action!

These classes all take place at Southern Hills Middle School 1500 Knox Dr, Boulder, CO 80305.

November 1, 2016
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Day 2 of Bikeology class for 7th graders during PE class;
Day 1 of Bikeology class with 6th graders during PE class.

November 2, 2016
9:30-11: 30 a.m.
Day 3 of Bikeology class for 7th graders during PE class;
Day 2 of Bikeology class with 6th graders during PE class.

November 8, 2016
10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Day 3 of Bikeology class for 6th graders during PE class;
Day 2 of Bikeology class with 7th graders during PE class.

November 9, 2016
10: 30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Day 4 of Bikeology class for 6th graders during PE class;
Day 4 of Bikeology class with 7th graders during PE class.


With a vision of training the next generation of cyclists through empowerment and fun, Bike Ed integrates basic bike skills into physical education classes so that by the time students graduate from middle school, they have learned essential skills to help encourage more biking and walking to school.

"Walking and bicycling to school enhances the health of our kids, improves air quality, and reduces congestion around schools," says CDOT Safe Routes to School Program Manage Leslie Feuerborn. "Safe Routes to School is a program that works to increase the numbers of children walking and bicycling to and from school. The City of Boulder and Boulder Valley School District are leading the way in Colorado in promoting safe walking and bicycling. It is exciting to watch Landon Hilliard and his team develop a sustainable bicycle education and encouragement program in the schools."

Rocky Mounts has donated special bike racks and mounts for the program, which allow instructors to operate a mobile bike instruction program that offers standard equipment and a level playing field to students at all nine schools.

"Rocky Mounts is proud to support the BVSD Bike Ed program. We are proponents of cycling as recreation, commuting and competition. Getting kids on bikes early in life is important to help encourage cycling throughout their lives," said Rocky Mounts Founder, Bobby Noyes.

The program has also received in-kind support from Boulder-based Nite Ize, and Boulder Community Health. NIte Ize has provided product incentives for program participants.

"Nite Ize's support for the BVSD Bike Ed program correlates directly with our company's values of making cycling fun while encouraging safety. Our products help kids connect to cycling through creativity and technology and ultimately, encourage safer streets for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike," said Dealer Services Director Brian Dekle.

The elementary school curriculum, BLAST, focuses on 4th and 5th graders and introduces students to biking as a mode of transportation that is healthy and fun. Bikeology is a more advanced course designed for 6th and 7th graders and emphasizes vehicular cycling skills and gives students practical experience “driving” their bikes in traffic.

“Bike Ed’s goal to make biking and walking to school the enjoyable and easy choice,” said Landon Hilliard, the TO School Program Director. “Bike Ed promotes safety and fun, while engaging parents, teachers and schools to create a culture of bicycle enthusiasts in the Boulder Valley School District.”


# # #