Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

June 1, 2009

Cycling Safely

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 8:38 pm

Today we were visited by a couple really nice folks at Cycles of Change who lead a great day’s worth of activities teaching the students about bicycle safety.  We started off the day with a presentation on the rules of the road and ways to avoid the most common kinds of bicycle accidents.  We then had a helmet fitting, bicycle fitting, and learned the ABCD Quick check (Air in tires, Brakes working correctly, Chain on correctly, Drop the bike about 2 inches, and check any Quick release levers to make sure they are tightened.)

Here is a video review of an ABC Quick Check (without the bike drop, but with a bit more information about each element of the check.)

The bicycle inspection was followed by drills on the yard, and then drills on the intersection of Mylvia and Virginia.  After practicing stopping, signaling and turning, we embarked on a neighborhood ride and looped around to Ohlone Park.  We then rode back to school, had a wrap up session and then the students went to Science.  The whole day went pretty well, especially for it being our first time working with Cycles of Change at BAM.  To get a better picture of the day, or rather pictures, head on over to the flickr page and look through the Bicycle Field Trip set.


Thanks to Maya and Tommy at Cycles of Change, all the students, and Francoise for helping to make the day so much fun and full of learning.


  1. Language Arts:  Write a min. 1 page, 4-5 paragraph essay about how you can ride safely.  Follow the prompt and the graphic organizer on the homework page.
  2. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.

Mr. Weis


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