In the 2022 school year, Hamilton Elementary and Crim Primary School in Bridgewater resumed in-person bicycle and pedestrian safety education for students.
Physical Education teachers Erin Kurdyla and Steven Cronin from Hamilton Elementary and Elyse Omerza from Crim Primary invited RideWise to teach Safety Town at both schools in October 2022. Safety Town is a hands-on, interactive learning tool where students play the roles of pedestrians, cars, or crossing guards. Through these roles, students learn when and where to safely cross streets, how to avoid distracted walking, and how to actively scan for cars. The students also played Red Light, Green Light to practice pedestrian safety in streets and parking lots. More than 400 students at Hamilton Elementary and 390 students at Crim Primary learned the basics of pedestrian safety over five days.
RideWise returned to Hamilton Elementary in May 2023, this time to provide bicycle safety education through school-wide assemblies. 400 students learned the ABCs of bicycle safety: how to check their Air, Brakes, and Cranks, Chain, and Cogs. Children also learned the rules of riding on the road, the importance of always wearing a helmet, how to signal when turning, and how to watch for drivers.
Crim Primary took its safety education one step further by implementing a safety patrol for the fourth-grade class to ensure the safety of students when boarding/deboarding the bus and walking through the parking lot.
To learn more about Safety Town, bicycle safety, and Safe Routes to School programming, visit our Safe Routes to School page.