Walking back to my office after lunch last spring I was delighted to see this chic cyclist bicycling in the park with her class:
I think she is taking part in the CYCLE Kids program (though I could be wrong, I didn't ask).
This looks like a great program, in addition to learning about safe cycling, healthy living, and environmental issues it seems the kids learn about physical science in a hands-on way:
"Children enrolled in the CYCLE Kids program learn the answers to such mysteries as why bicycles stay up, how gears and chains multiply their energy when they pedal, and how to check air pressure in tires."Information about volunteering with CYCLE Kids here.
Here are the bikes parked while the kids did a more theoretical portion of the curriculum, they look like the kind of bike a kid would be very excited to ride:
These radiant young ladies are out for a ride after completing the Bikes Not Bombs Earn-A-Bike program, one of the many awesome programs offered at Bikes Not Bombs.
Photo from dotbike
If you're interested in volunteering in this program, there will be a training starting August 31, 2009. There are many other volunteer opportunities there, something for any level of commitment.
Happy back-to-school everyone!