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Bike Month Offers Educational Opportunity

By Staff | May 17, 2012

Students at West Elementary learned some practical lessons in bicycle safety and had some fun at the same time Tuesday afternoon. As part of National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, Emmetsburg Police Officer Darrin Adams led students on a ride from West Elementary to the Middle School and back to practice their individual bicycle safety skills before the start of summer vacation next week. --Dan Voigt photo

May is designated as National Bike Month, and the week of May 13-19 is observed as Bike to Work Week. With that thought in mind, the Emmetsburg Police Department and officials of the Emmtesburg Community Schools got together to make a learning experience a little more memorable.

On Tuesday, May 15, Emmetsburg Police Officer Darrin Adams rolled out of the West Elementary School parking lot just after 1:30 – he wasn’t in hot pursuit – rather, he was surrounded by a gaggle of happy third graders and fourth graders all doing one thing in common: riding their bicycles and practicing bicycle safety at the same time.

Before starting the ride, Adams reviewed hand signals that all bicyclists should use when making turns and stopping. Adams also remided youths about wearing safe clothing while biking, as well as obeying all traffic signs and signals.

During the ride from West Elementary to the Middle School, the students were reminded about walking their bikes through busy intersections, riding in a straight line, courtesy to pedestrians and riding safely around parked vehicles.

With school dismissing for the summer next week, the National Bike to Work Week gave us a perfect opportunity to remind the kids about their safefty this summer on bicycles,”?Adams explained. “We would also remind motorists to always share the road.”