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Students take safety seriously at bike rodeo

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By Jimmie Earls

Each year, children all over the world wish for a new bicycle for Christmas. But with every new bike that Santa delivers comes a lot of responsibility and concern for safety. That’s why the Washington County Family Resource and Youth Services Center and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville recently partnered to offer a bicycle safety course at Washington County Elementary School.

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Doug Beckhart, bicycle safety educator with Kosair Children’s Hospital, instructed fourth and fifth graders at WCES in bike basics, such as knowing turn signals, paying attention to the road and knowing your surroundings.

“The main focus is to put the helmet on,” said Beckhart. “Kids kind of balk at the idea of wearing a helmet. They think it’s not cool, but I try to reinforce helmet safety. I also teach them the road signs and just make them aware of what’s out there. Basically, it’s just to educate them on what’s going on when they ride their bike outside.”

Students were placed into groups and shown around a course in the school’s gym. Beckhart also had the cyclists ride through several drills emphasizing balance and coordination.

Beckhart added, “Usually, a bicycle is the first means of transportation, where they can get out independently on their own. Sometimes kids don’t pay attention or they don’t know which side of the road to ride on. It’s important to follow the rules of the road.”

 

See the complete story in the print edition of The Springfield Sun!