The City-wide Safe Routes to School Program has been busy working with school committees establishing walk and bike to school programs, providing on-campus safety education at the elementary schools, hosting community events like family rides and the Walk ‘n Roll Festival and working with City staff and the Culver City Police Department to find effective solutions to increasing safety. The goal has always been to create healthier, safer communities by encouraging kids to be more active while also reducing the number of cars and pollution around our school sites.
And it appears to be working. A recent count at the Culver City Middle School found nearly double the amount of bicycles, skateboards and scooters than at any time last year. Every set of wheels inside the bike parking area, means one less car coming to the highly congested tri-school complex, one more student adding a little extra activity to their daily life and one more family learning about independence and responsibility.
Now the Program looks to grow by offering a series of classes and workshops aimed at bringing safety to the forefront of the conversation. It’s great to encourage kid to walk and bike to school, but they need to learn how to do so safely. And parents need to know what conversations to have with their kids to help them seamlessly integrate active transportation into their daily lives.
Beginning October 2, Culver City Walk & Rollers launches Wheels & Heels, a series of classes and workshops for families and adults alike. The free, interactive classes will combine in class discussion with on-street activities and will be taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). Some classes are designed for families – adults and kids together, while others are designed for adults only. Family classes will include: Pedestrian Safety: Walking to School and Beyond, Bicycle Safety Basics and Essential Bicycle Skills for Kids. Adult classes will cover Rules of the Road, Bicycle Commuting, Bicycle Skills, Technical Tips and Roadside Repair. Each series of classes culminates with either a family fun ride or adult group ride
For more information or to register for the Wheels & Heels classes, please visit: /www.ccwalkandroll.com/workshops-classes