Jane Higdon Foundation Supports Expanding Bicycle Safety Education Program
The Eugene Bicycle Safety Education Program is growing thanks to the Jane Higdon Foundation. For over a decade some local students have received a 10 hour bike safety education class at their school through the Portland based Bicycle Transportation Alliance “Safe Routes for Kids” program. Over the past two years a coalition of partners has worked to expand and build upon that program to reach even more students.
With the support of a grant from the Jane Higdon Foundation the Eugene Bicycle Safety Education program curriculum is being expanded by the local School Districts and the City of Eugene Recreation Division’s River House Outdoor Program. This fall and spring, city recreation staff will use three fleets of bikes owned by the school districts to teach at eight middle schools in the region, reaching more than seven-hundred kids . The one-hundred bikes and three trailers (used to store and move the fleets) were purchased locally through various grants and sponsorships. One fleet was even specially built for the program by local bike manufacturer Green Gear (Bike Friday) and adjusts to fit kids and adults.
On Wednesday, October 10th students at Kelly Middle School will demonstrate the bicycle safety skills that they learned over the 10 hour course and we invite sponsors, supporters and the media to a special celebration at the end of their neighborhood ride.
Kelly Middle School
Wednesday, Oct. 10th
Neighborhood Ride: 11:00 am-12:15pm
Celebration & Demos: 12:00-1:00pm
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The goals of the Bicycle Safety Education program’s on-the-bicycle education are to increase bike ridership and safety among youth so they can have fun traveling predictably, visibly, and legally through our community. We hope to teach them lifelong skills about getting around in their community using active and healthy transportation choices. In addition, we recognize the many health benefits of biking that counteract the obesity epidemic in our country such as improving cardio-vascular fitness, improved coordination, stress reduction, increased muscle tone, strength, and brain function.
The City of Eugene Recreation Division’s River House Outdoor Program has a mission to reconnect people with nature and breakdown barriers people have to getting outside. We hope to inspire and instill an active, healthy lifestyle for people throughout the Eugene area. The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program serves a diverse community of parents, students, and organizations advocating for and promoting the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the Eugene area.