Today was my first day teaching kids better bicycling in the Miami-Dade County Parks Summer Camp Program!
My co-teachers (Jamie from BikeSafe and Roger from YouthBike) and I each got a group of 6-8 kids, aged 7-9, who today learned parts of the bicycle, why and how to fit a helmet properly (Sebastian: I know! So your brains doesn’t break up and shoot out in lotsa pieces!). We also taught them about brakes and tires and how they work (whoa, there really is a tube inside!), stopping safely and quickly when necessary, how to ‘A-B-C Quick Check your bike, and 13 different dangers to look for when riding. Their favorite part was definitely the ‘on-bike’, when they took turns being the car, stop sign, “dangers” of different kinds and lane markings. Each boy learned about road position, how to signal and what makes riding on the street different than the sidewalk.
It was so much fun! The camps separate the boys and the girls and I’ll have several different groups of either boys or girls at three separate campsites over the next month. The SFBC office looks like an art room today; I’m creating new visual ‘road hazards’ from construction paper so that my next class can help set up our play intersections.
Thanks to the Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation Department for seeking me out and understanding the importance of teaching our kids road and bicycle safety.