Before we pedal, we walk, and while preschool kids are too young for our Bicycle Lessons and Safety Training, they are definitely ready for pedestrian safety lessons! Earlier this fall, we taught the basics of walking safely to children at Columbus Park YMCA and Park Hill YMCA Head Start programs and to a LINC ice cream social at Woodland Early Learning Center. Students learned how to look both ways and how to walk predictably, and why bright colors make you more visible to drivers. They also made connections with their classwork, including how walking is good for your health and the environment!
“It was great to see how engaged the kids were,” reported Karl Kraemer, Education and Operations Coordinator, who lead the programs. “They love being active, and they understand the importance of being safe and predictable.” These Early Education outreach classes are new offerings from BikeWalkKC, and we were so pleased with the response from families and teachers. Our pedestrian education is also in action for younger students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District, thanks to a partnership with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. From small to tall, young people are excited about active transportation!
For more information about our evolving programming, check out our Youth Education page!