Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors at Peabody Elementary School
Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative works to get more people of all ages on bicycles. We want to help Peabody Elementary school children, and their families, use bicycles for transportation to school. We believe that riding bicycles rather than riding in cars to school will lead to healthier, more active children.
Revolutions will partner with our neighborhood school, Peabody Elementary, to train children as Bicycle Ambassadors. In our pilot year, sixteen Bicycle Ambassadors will be selected to:
- receive recycled bicycles that have been refurbished by Revolutions, plus new helmets and sturdy bicycle locks.
- complete a series of safety workshops and street riding skill training (conducted by Revolutions).
- begin bicycling to school.
The Ambassadors will:
- come from the 4th and 5th grades.
- be a 50/50 mix of boys and girls.
- be selected, in consultation with the school principal and teachers.
After training, the Ambassadors will work with Revolutions to help develop, promote and assist in leading:
- after-school group bicycle rides with their classmates, during the second semester.
- a neighborhood Bike Rodeo, in the spring.
- Bicycle “Trains” to School during Bike Month (May).
In order for more children to ride to school, Peabody Elementary needs better and sturdier bicycle racks:
- In September, Revolutions performed a bicycle parking assessment, and made recommendations to Peabody Elementary Principal Nelson.
- Those recommendations will be used to obtain permission from the school district to install and locate appropriate additional racks, which will be furnished by Revolutions as part of the Bicycle Ambassadors project.
- Revolutions Completed Bicycle Parking Assessment
1st Semester, 2015
- Revolutions volunteers refurbishing 16 bicycles for use by Bicycle Ambassadors
November 4 – December 20
- ioby campaign
- Safety Workshops and Bicycle Rodeo for Bicycle Ambassadors
- New Bicycle racks purchased and installed at Peabody Elementary
- Ambassadors Celebration Day: Revolutions hosts a community group ride to celebrate the Ambassadors’ completion of the safety training program
- Twice monthly club meeting for Bicycle Ambassadors to practice riding in a group setting, after school
- Bicycle Ambassadors and Revolutions co-host a community-wide Bike Rodeo
- Bicycle Ambassadors and Revolutions to coordinate and lead Bike Trains to school (as a Bike Month activity) to encourage others to try riding to school.
- Complete an end of year, 2-day tally, of how students arrived at school (to evaluate bicycle education effectiveness)
why we’re doing it
“It has been demonstrated that physical activity in the day of a child contributes to better overall health1,2, further activity3, effective learning, and the ability to stay on task4. Walking and bicycling are good for children, yet surveys show that active transportation has become less prevalent. With the decline of bicycling and walking to school in the last few decades, many students of this generation are missing the opportunity to explore the world through diverse means. For the first time in human history, this generation may live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.”
Students who are comfortable and adept at bicycling to school could also perform well in the Shelby County Schools’ Destination 2025 (The 80-90-100 plan:http://www.scsk12.org/uf/webadmin/foundation/2025/). The Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors focuses on this year’s 4th and 5th graders (the classes of 2024 and 2023, respectively). The students who work to be Bicycle Ambassadors will arrive at school ready to learn thanks to their active ride to school. Arriving ready to learn results in good performance in school, at the elementary level. A solid foundation in elementary school will help children continue performing strongly throughout school. And that will allow them to “be on track to learn in a post-secondary classroom or enter the workforce straight out of high school…earn their high school diploma…(and be) college- or career-ready graduate[s] in the class of 2025 [who] will enroll in a post-secondary opportunity”Quote in first paragraph taken from the Safe Routes to School – Bicycle Pedestrian Curricula Guide, http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Curr_Guide_2011_lo.pdf : And the studies cited are: 1 Bungum, t. l., and M. l. Vincent. “Determinants of Physical activity among female athletes.” American Journal of Preventive Med. no. 13 (1997):115–122. 2 Butcher, J. “Socialization of adolescent Girls into Physical activity.” adolescence no. 18 (1983):753–766. 3 Sirard JR, Riner Wf, McIver Kl and Pate RR. “Physical activity and active Commuting to Elementary School.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, no. 37(2005): 2062–2069. 4 Mahar M, Murphy SK, Rowe Da, Golden J, Shields at, Raedke tD. “Effects of a Classroom-Based Program on Physical activity and on-task Behavior.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, no. 38 (2006):2086-2094.