Train the teacher, teach the student bike safety

Prior to schools closing, Portland middle school kids were back in the (bike) saddle for the spring season learning bike safety education. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and The Street Trust are piloting a new way to bring bike safety to Portland’s students. The Street Trust’s skilled bike safety educators are training middle school physical education (PE) teachers how to teach bike safety to 6th-8th graders as part of their PE classes. 

PE teachers and students at Harriet Tubman Middle School, George Middle School, Roseway Heights Middle School, Ron Russel Middle School and Parkrose Middle School have received bike safety education and finished the week-long program with a community ride supported by volunteers and The Street Trust.  Prior to the closure of schools, The Street Trust was scheduled to support PE teachers to deliver five more programs at two more schools before the end of the school year. It’s not clear how the school closure will impact the program. 

Even at the middle school level, there are students who do not know how to ride a bike and need extra support that is beyond the capacity of a single PE teacher. “Having a volunteer dedicate time to our program is the only way we are able to help these kids get that support and experience,” said Jordan Bailey, Education Director at The Street Trust. If you are interested in helping a student learn how to ride a bike for the very first time, please contact Jordan Bailey at jordan@thestreettrust.org.