Friday, May 2, 2014

Bike to School Day is next Wednesday

To get you inspired for Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7, here are a couple of Bike to School related stories:

Vienna ES bike parking
Record number of kids participate in Vienna ES Bike Friday - Vienna Elementary School holds Bike Friday every Friday from now until the end of the school year. Today 75 kids rode to school, which is 20 percent of the kids in K-6th grade. That's a record for their Bike Friday. Next week several Vienna and Reston schools are holding bike/walk challenges. See the summary from last year. Next week we'll be posting daily totals on the FABB blog.

Don't Be a Melon Head - Vienna Elementary School parent Sonya Marsden put together this video showing the benefits of wearing a helmet. Several kids demonstrate what happens when a watermelon is dropped inside a helmet vs. just being dropped. Melons were donated by Whole Foods Market and helmets were donated by Spokes, Etc. Don't Be a Melon Head.

Vienna Bike Rodeo - On Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Kids can learn more about bike safety at the Vienna Bike Rodeo on Saturday.

Ages: Preschool - 6th grade

Bike Rodeo will be held at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Bring your bike and participate in the Bike Safety Course, Bike Inspections and Safe Riding Technique Demonstration.

Sponsored by the Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, Town of Vienna Police Department and Safe Routes to School.

Reston Bike Rodeo - If you can't get to the Vienna Bike Rodeo you can always visit the Reston Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 10 from 1-4 p.m. at Lake Newport Pool parking lot.

Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets in order to complete the course & earn their licences.• Reservations are NOT required. • This event is cancelled in the event of rain.

1. Bicycle Inspection
2. Mounting and Dismounting
3. Circling and Changing Direction
4. Straight Line Control
5. Weaving and Maneuvering
6. Stopping Ability
7. Short Radius Turning
8. Slow Speed Control

After completing eight checkpoint stations, kids are eligible to receive their bicyclist license. In addition to the Rodeo, if you have a bike you wish to donate for a child who may not have one, you can drop them off here. Bikes will be donated first to children who wish to participate in the Reston Kids Triathlon, co-sponsored by RA and the YMCA.

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