By: Sharon Aron Baron
Parkside Elementary students received a bike safety lesson on Wednesday from the Adopt-a-Bike Foundation as well as a visit from a Coral Springs City Commissioner.
On December 18, students from both Mrs. Bitton’s and Mrs. Schulson’s classes learned about the importance of bicycle safety from Celia Conti, event coordinator for Adopt-a-Bike.
“Learning to ride a bike, is the first step in learning to drive a car,” said Conti, to the enthusiastic group of students.
Conti distributed a booklet from the Florida Pedestrian & Bike Resource Center and covered basic safety concerns, such as checking out your equipment, paying attention while riding, watching out for obstacles, obeying road signs, and the importance of always wearing a helmet.
The students also received a visit from Coral Springs Commissioner Tom Powers, who fielded questions asking how the City works, who is in charge of the city, and how they can take an active part in their local government.
The Adopt-a-Bike program started after Mrs. Bitton’s daughter, Brooke, an employee with Kohl’s, had contacted the Foundation looking for a bicycling safety presentation for the classes. The Adopt-a-bike Foundation was not only willing to cover the educational aspect, but was able to fit and give away helmets to every child in both of the classes.