On October 16, Simsbury's Elementary Physical Education Department hosted a bike safety education workshop for other physical education teachers throughout Connecticut. Approximately 12 teachers attended an interactive workshop to learn how to implement a bike safety unit within their schools.
The all-day workshop was offered through a cooperative effort with the Simsbury Public Schools, Bike Walk Connecticut and Simsbury Free Bike.
Bike safety education, including etiquette, will be incorporated into the fourth-grade physical education curriculum at all five elementary schools. Two schools, Tootin’ Hills and Latimer Lane, piloted the program last spring. Tariffville will implement the curriculum this month, while Central and Squadron Line will be rounding out the effort this spring.
The Bike Walk Connecticut program began with the town of Berlin’s physical education teacher, Jim Arnold, who took his love for biking to the next level by designing and advocating for this “train the trainer” format.
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