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Bike Windsor Essex Launches First Local In-School Program To Teach Elementary Students Safe Cycling

Monday June 17th, 2019, 10:00am

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A pilot program to teach safe cycling skills to children in grades 4 to 7 will launch this week at three public schools.

The program will see certified instructors from Bike Windsor Essex Dr. David Suzuki Public School, Amherstburg Public School and Giles Campus with a fleet of bikes and helmets for the children participants.  The program includes lessons in basic bike maintenance, how to balance on a bike, handling skills, rules of the road, and hand signals.

It has taken several years of planning and a $25,000 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation Grant used to purchase of 30 youth bikes and helmets.

“This is a long time dream realized,” said Bike Windsor Essex Executive Director Lori Newton.  “Every child should be taught how to ride a bike safely and it makes sense to do it in the schools so every child has the opportunity to learn.”

 

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