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Mar 06

Safe Routes to School resources and events for students, parents and educators

Posted on March 6, 2021 at 2:48 pm by Clay Curtin

The City and many organizations in and around our community are dedicated to Safe Routes to School and the education of our children. This can help them learn, be prepared and be safe when going to school. 

WheelKids, an organization dedicated to youth bicycling and hands-on learning, provides Middle School Bike Skills workshops in Menlo Park. Previous sessions were organized in 2019 and 2020 where many Menlo Park families gathered in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center’s parking lot to attend the half-day class. The classroom portion of the workshop is done online before the in-person activity. The day of the workshop, participants learn about ABC quick check, hand signals, power starts, how to stop and traffic rules. New skills are then practiced during a two-hour on street ride in Menlo Park. The structure of the workshop was modified to follow the County guidelines regarding COVID-19, maintain physical distancing and ensure the safety of the participants and instructors. If you are interested in attending a future workshop in spring 2021, please email the Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator.

The class covers:
  • Basic traffic laws
  • Busy intersections
  • The most common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them
  • How to position yourself on the road
  • How to let drivers know your intentions
  • Proper hand signals for cyclists
  • Basic bike and helmet fitting

Free virtual lessons with BikeMobile:
Want to know how to fix a flat tire, do a pre-ride ABC safety check, or choose the right bicycle for you? Check out the Bay Area Bike Mobile on Facebook for free virtual lessons. 

Pedestrian safety education videos to exercise:
Orange County Transportation Authority developed two videos on pedestrian and bicycle safety as part of their project STEP (Safe Transportation Education Program). These two videos target grades K-2 and 3-6 and are great resources for teachers or parents to teach students about safe walking and biking while moving and social distancing.
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