Bike club arranges Kids I safety class

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008

SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club is offering a free Kids I bicycle safety class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Main Building, 456 Katlian St.

This is a League of American Bicyclists-certified safety class designed for young cyclists and their parents. Topics covered include how to perform a bicycle safety check, helmet fitting and bike sizing. The class also includes a the viewing of a 10-minute-long "Kids' Eye View" video and a brochure for parents. It also includes information about how to recognize and obey traffic signs, how to scan traffic and signal turns, and basic safety information for kids. Parents should bring their children, their bikes and helmets.

The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club was created last fall as part of a partnership between the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and the SEARHC Diabetes program. The club is open to all Sitka residents, including non-tribal members, and is geared toward cyclists of all ages and abilities, including beginners, elders and families. One of the club's main objectives is to promote healthy physical activity and bike safety among Alaska Natives. The club will have an ambassador program for cyclists willing to serve as safety role models and to help mentor less-experienced riders. This class is one of several cycling events the club will host this spring.

For more information about the class and the Tlingít & Friends Bike Club, phone club coordinators Doug Osborne of SEARHC at 966-8734 or Paulette Moreno of Sitka Tribe of Alaska at 747-3207, or e-mail club coordinators David Kanosh at tlingit_bicyclist@yahoo.com or Steve Morse at morses@mail.ssd.k12.ak.us.

For more information about the League of American Bicyclists bike education program, go to http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/index.php. To see a schedule of spring Tlingít & Friends Bike Club events, go to http://www.sitkaaoc.org/Forum/index.php?topic=502.0.



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