Brentwood Students Preparing for Bike-to-School Day in May - April 17, 2015

Record Number: 12760
Displayed from: Apr 17, 2015 , until: Jun 17, 2015

Students at Brentwood Elementary will receive pedestrian and bike safety lessons next week in preparation for Bike-to-School Day on May 6.

With reductions in transportation coming next school year, many more students will be walking and riding bikes to school. Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Health to celebrate National Bike-to-School Day at Brentwood to pilot educational programs for students.

On Tuesday, April 21, members of Parkview Health’s trauma team will visit Brentwood at 1 p.m. to talk to students about bike safety and provide bike helmets for fourth- and fifth-grade students. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of bicycle-related head injury by about 80 percent, but most bike riders do not wear helmets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following day, on Wednesday, April 22, representatives from the City of Fort Wayne Planning Department will visit with fourth- and fifth-grade classes from 1-3 p.m. to talk about additional safe biking and walking strategies and the best routes to get to school if they are not in a vehicle.

These safety lessons are being presented prior to National Bike-to-School Day on May 6. That day, students from Brentwood will be allowed to ride their bike or walk to school to learn how to travel safely. Next year, the majority of Brentwood students will not have bus transportation and many will likely walk or bike to school.

In addition to teaching students how to travel safely, the event is also designed to build awareness in the community that there will be additional children on the roads traveling to school beginning in August. Adult drivers must also be aware of walkers and bike-riders and be patient as students make their way to and from school.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.