Getting Ready For Back to School Time
It’s back to school time and as we wrap up summer vacation it’s time to start preparing for the new school year. From back to school supplies to new school clothes families are getting ready for school. So how about also getting ready for HOW you’re going to get to school?! To kick things off you can check out your school’s suggested walking maps, use the Eugene-Springfield bike map, use Google Maps to help you figure out a good route, or sign up for SchoolPool. Once you have a route it’s a good idea to walk or bike it a couple times with the kiddos to make sure you both feel comfortable and safe on it. Another great way to get more comfortable with biking to school is to take our Confident Cycling for Families class which we hold each Fall and Spring. This year’s class will be on Sunday, September 18th from 9am-Noon at Camas Ridge Community School (1150 E. 29th). If you start the year out with active transportation it will be easier to keep up the healthy habit and you’ll have a lot of fun too!
You can register for the class here and here are more details about it:
Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.
This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.