Let's Get Rolling Earn-a-Bike Class 2018
C-U Safe Routes to School Project partnered with Champaign County Bikes to raise funds to purchase 15 bicycles to be used in a pilot Earn-a-Bike program in Champaign-Urbana. The pilot program was implemented with the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club (DMBGC) in July of 2017 with six students completing the program. This year we partnered with DMBGC again and held a class with seven students July 16-19. Two League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructors worked with eight volunteers and staff of local agencies to conduct the classes. Bicycle maintenance and on-bike safety skills were taught to the students. Each student who completed the class earned a bike, bike light set, bike lock, and helmet.
Bike Rodeos During Bike Month
May was a busy month as it is Bike Month! During May C-U SRTS Project ran four bike rodeos. The events are a lot of fun and kids learn and get to practice important bicycle safety skills. We are able to run these events thanks to the very generous donation of time by many volunteers and staff. Thank you everyone! Pictures from the events are below.
Playing It Safe Bike Rodeo May 19, 2018
A big annual event in Champaign-Urbana is Carle's Playing It Safe Day right before summer begins. Playing It Safe, isCarle's free annual safety fair, featuring more than 50 activities and exhibits that focus on safety awareness for the entire family. One of the biggest activities is the C-U SRTS Project Bike Rodeo. We had over 100 children go through the bike rodeo this year and learn new safety skills. Kids and parents had fun. We were also featured in a WCIA story and in the News-Gazette.
Watch the WCIA coverage of the 2018 Playing it Safe event by clicking on the link above
Kenwood Elementary Bike Rodeo May 11, 2018
Market at the Square Bike Rodeo
Market at the Square bike rodeo in 2017 had 5 children go through the skills course, sales of 6 helmets, and 12 volunteers. Each of the kids learned a few new techniques. It was a great experience for both students and volunteers to enjoy the fun of practicing bicycle skill in a beautiful Saturday morning.
Spring Fling Bike Rodeo
"I just wanted to thank you for coordinating the bike rodeo at Kenwood on Friday. By all accounts it was a huge success...I am hopeful we can do this again next year as everyone really enjoyed this event and as importantly our students learned some valuable bike safety tips as well." Kenwood Elementary Principal Trevor Nadrozny
May 22, 2017 -- 77 students joined us in Spring Fling Bike Rodeo, the biggest bike rodeo in Bike Month, 2017. We had eight stations for them to practice basic biking skills including starting and stopping, rock dodge, scanning, signaling, turning and yielding. Thanks Champaign County Bikes and all the 12 volunteers for helping with this fun event.
Bike to School Day 2018
Westview had lots of kids biking to school for Bike to School Day and the bike rack was overflowing. Westview and Kenwood distributed bike locks to kids who need them along with bicycle safety tips. One Kenwood family bicycled together to school.