BWANH In School Education
BWANH brought bicycle & pedestrian safety education to over 7000 New Hampshire kids in 2016 and 2017!
BWANH, with the help of a Safe Routes To School grant administered by the NH Department of Transportation, offers a FREE biking and walking safety presentation to elementary schools throughout New Hampshire. Using certified instructors and a curriculum developed by the League of American Bicyclists, we present a fun and informative 45-minute session about walking, bicycling and bicycle safety. This indoor class can work for an entire assembly or a single classroom. Kids will leave with a basic knowledge of NH laws, tips to keep them safe, and materials that can be shared at home. As with all good things, supplies are limited. Schools should contact our Bike Education Coordinator, Leslie Thompson, to schedule a class. Our spring schedule will fill quickly, so please contact us as early as possible in the school year to book the date that works best for your school. Send Leslie an email at [email protected]
Learn to Ride – Kids
Other people and organizations offer bicycle education for kids. Programs are offered through schools, by local social organizations like Kiwanis and Rotary and by local police departments. In addition bicycle retailers and clubs also offer numerous opportunities for learning. Several companies and nonprofits have prepared curriculum that come turnkey with bikes.
Seacoast VeloKids is a non-profit organization dedicated to the introduction and promotion of cycling to the youth of New Hampshire and Maine’s Seacoast communities.
Bicycling Skills 123 Youth is composed of 13 on-bike stations that teach children better bike handling skills.
Youth Educational Sports, Inc. (YES, Inc.) is focused on the “Sport of Bicycling” becoming an active annual Physical Education Unit in secondary schools.
The goals are: encourage youth to incorporate a very natural; low impact form of exercise; competition and transportation. Riding a bicycle while introducing a healthy life style to reduce obesity and the number bicycle riders killed, disabled or injured in vehicle collisions. This goal is achieved by teaching best practices and age appropriate skill building skills, drills and competition.
YES, Inc. has trained School Cycling Instructors (SCI) to provide professional development for the Physical Education Teachers and help establish Physical Education Bicycle Units at secondary schools.
45 active programs in 8 states CycleKids can be taught indoors or out. Its an 8 class module in Phys ed curriculum. Strong measurement of effectiveness with the program.