Did you know that once your child turns 12 they are required to ride their bikes on roads and in bike lanes rather than on footpaths?
Last year all of the Year 4's completed the off street Bike Ed Program. During this unit they learned all of the necessary skills of bike safety in a controlled environment so that this year they progress to riding safely around our neighbourhood.
This year, the Year 5 students will have the exciting opportunity to take the bike safety skills they learned in the school grounds to the streets and intersections around Edithvale Primary School. The Year 5 Bike Ed program, a part of the school curriculum, will be taught to children in Year 5 during Weeks 7 and 8 (November 23 - November 30).
The success of the outdoor riding component of this program is dependent on parent help so if you can assist on any of the dates listed, can you please let us know. You don't have to ride. Simply supervising and helping to guide our students through different activities will be a great help to us.
Each child will require a bicycle in safe working order and an approved helmet that fits correctly and is in good condition. A bike and helmet safety check will be undertaken early in Week 6 of Term 4 and we request your cooperation in having any necessary repairs, adjustments or replacements made promptly. A helmet safety check will also be undertaken and it is essential that your child’s bicycle helmet fits comfortably and securely and that the polystyrene foam liner is undamaged. Your child must have footwear that has closed toes and firm, non-slip soles. All helmets are required to have a sticker that shows that they comply with AS/NZS2063:2008.
The program consists of classroom, take-home activities and cycling activities done outdoors in the school grounds. All of these activities will be supervised.
Please complete the form sent home in your child's purple pocket to indicate your approval of and permission for your child to participate in the Bike Ed program. Thank you for your cooperation.
Bike Ed program coordinator