Von Hagen, L.A. 2011, “In-School Bicycle Education: Wayside Elementary Case Study,” The Reporter, Journal of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, pp. 27-31.
Youth bicycle education can instill these skills and knowledge. It can also improve traffic safety on two levels. First, it develops cyclists who are more aware of how to safely travel today. Second, it creates better and safer automobile drivers for tomorrow. Children who receive training as cyclists and learn to identify signs and negotiate traffic at an early age will have a better footing when they begin learning to drive later in life.
The success of the Wayside bicycle education program in the face of tight schedules and limited resources demonstrates that with some good planning and the proper motivation, in-school bicycle education programs can work. In a matter of weeks, nearly three hundred students became knowledgeable cyclists and, most importantly, each child that completed the Wayside bicycle education program left with a life skill that can contribute to a safer, more active, and healthier lifestyle.