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P.S. 76’s Bike Rodeo

Students at P.S. 76, the Bennington School, in the Bronx, celebrated the completion of a month long physical education unit on bike safety and riding by holding a schoolyard bike "rodeo" on Wednesday.  The school and community experienced a tragic loss last June when fifth grader, Michael Needham Jr., was killed after being hit by a speeding car while riding his bicycle in front of the Allerton Library.  Since then, P.S. 76 has taken action to equip all students with effective bike safety awareness and skills.

The school's administration and staff formed a Bike Safety Committee, bought bicycle helmets for every student, and partnered with Bike New York to get students pedaling safely.  Bike New York provided its Bike Driver's Ed curriculum, its Bike Fleet, a Learn to Ride event for students and their parents, and a brand new bicycle which was raffled off to one lucky student.  Did I mention that Bike New York did all of this for free?

Look out Dodgeball, there's a new sport in class.  Check out Bike New York's website for information on how your school can get in on the action.

 <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:02] So I’m here at PS 76 in the Bronx at their bike rodeo that they’re having this morning.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:09] Bike rodeo is a station by station event where students are using the knowledge that they learned during the phys-ed classes to do activities and games.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Hannah Borgeson:</i>  [00:17] And this is just a fun day for the students to reinforce what they’ve been learning.  But also the rodeo is just like biking, it’s a lot of fun, but also meant to be taken seriously.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Louise Sedotto:</i>  [00:27] We as a school had a very tragic event take place in June in which we lost a fifth grader, Michael Needham, to a biking accident.  He was not wearing a helmet, and as a result we purchased helmets for every student in our school, 1100 students, and Bike New York came and worked with our gym teachers.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Rich Conroy:</i>  [00:45] We trained three of their PE teachers in a bike safety curriculum, a bike skills curriculum called The Bike Drivers Ed, and we loaned them 12 little 20 inch bikes to use during those PE classes so the kids can practice bike handling skills and things like scanning and signalling and other important bike skills.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Tom Whitman:</i>  [01:10] I hadn’t ridden a bicycle on a regular basis in quite a few years, so there was a lot of things that he taught us that I didn’t know about and it was really very informative and hopefully we were passing on some of that information to the kids.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Orshana Chung:</i>  [01:20] Remember how to put on your helmets or how to get in your bike position and how to start your bike very slowly when start off.  And how to look both ways and look at stop signs when you’re there.  And we learned how… what body parts on the bike and what you’re supposed to use to stop your bike or keep on going.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Dan Russo:</i>  [01:45] Think about living in an urban environment and how bicycling is a part of the transportation around the Bronx.  If you think about childhood obesity and the need for physical education and all those points to and increase importance for bike safety.  We realised that a lot of skills that students need to ride a bike safely are not inherent skills and we were assuming that they were, and what that they need to be explicitly taught to wear a helmet, really race going on.  So the kids are travelling around the schoolyard with this kind of feeling of enthusiasm and celebration, we’re culminating our bike safety.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Rich Conroy:</i>  [02:23]  We don’t charge the school a cent to borrow the bikes or to use the curricular to have us work with their teachers, their PE teachers, and train them in the curricular.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Orshana Chung:</i>  [02:34] I think riding bikes are good exercise for your legs and time to have fun with your friends.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>
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  • Jazlyn Norman

    Im from PS76 im in 3rd grade MRS.CERRATI Bates class she is a really good teacher.from JAZLYN im from 302

  • Adam Rahn

    That sounds like a fantastic program and one that the kids are very excited about--a well put together video all together!

    I distinctly remember a very similar rodeo held at our city's rec. center in my youth. For whatever reason it was not incorporated into the school curriculum, so while it was not completely free, the reasonable fees included a bike helmet (with proper fitting explained in a "rodeo" event) and some nifty safety stickers, etc.

    I'm all for formalizing this education within an actual school context, firstly to ensure as many children as possible receive it, but also because at that age--if memory serves--riding bikes was pretty darn cool, "competing" in exercises was fun, and navigating orange cones made you feel like you were a racecar driver! Kids remember fun even when it's packaged with education. ...lest we forget.

  • sharlene cruz

    This school i s kinda of fun. It's wakkkkk with a capital W . bye loser's i was from 302

  • Caniesha

    Omg that my friend Orshana Chung now she goes to school with me in 6th grade at MS.180

  • Barbarloves

    That my friend Orshana and I used to go 2 76 but know I'm in 6th grade.Micheal's sister is my friend , he is sooo missed .

  • anthony browm

    i was there

  • Guest

    i ment anthony

  • Guest

    not anthont

  • anthony browm

    me and my friend okeef