Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) will be attending the Kids Bike Safety Festival in Culver City on May 6. El Marino Language School will be kicking off Bike to School Week and promoting National Bike to School Day with a free festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to teach children how to ride their bikes safely and responsibly and to encourage them – and their parents – to bike to school more frequently. The festival, and subsequent promotion for Bike to School Day, have been made possible by a grant from the California Department of Health.
The festival will feature several stations designed to teach kids (and demonstrate to their parents) proper bike handling skills and valuable safety techniques. Children will learn how to properly wear and fit their helmets, how to inspect their bikes before each ride, proper starting and stopping technique, how to easily avoid hazards and more. After completing all the stations, the children will participate in a group ride around the neighborhood so they can practice what they’ve learned under the watchful eyes of trained instructors.
Once learned, the new skills will instill confidence and inspire them to ride their bikes to school more often. There are many benefits to having more children bike and walk to school each day. It’s proven to be effective in fighting obesity, reducing congestion around schools which, in turn creates safer neighborhoods and overall contributes to creating healthier, more livable communities.
The local non-profit group, Walk ‘n Rollers, will host the event along with El Marino’s PTA.
“Getting kids active is one thing and the school’s Walk ‘n Roll Wednesdays help there, but teaching them how to do so safely and responsibly is the key to building confidence in both the kids and parents” said Jim Shanman, founder of Walk ‘n Rollers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower school age children and their parents through education and training to safely and responsibly bike, walk, skate and scoot to and from school.