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Below teachers and school administrators can find resources providing information on the following topics:
  • Curriculum for bike riding and bicycle safety.
  • Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.
  • Tips and laws regarding bike security.
  • Recommendations for adding bicycle racks at your school.
Bike riding and bike safety curricula:
Safe biking habits begin with good education!  There are numerous resources both on the web and within the state of Wisconsin that can help educators create strong curricula to instruct students on safe biking practices.
According to the International Bike Fund (IBF), any curriculum should have as its objectives:
  • To teach the basic knowledge, attitudes and skills of safe bicycling to bicyclists, parents and bicycle activity supervisors.
  • To achieve a behavioral change in bicyclist's riding habits and patterns to reduce accidents and injuries.
The IBF also offers several assumptions that should be used when creating a bicycle safety curriculum.  They are:
  • Using good cycling practices will reduce accidents and injuries.  The important skills and concepts for safe bicycle operation are learned.
  • The curriculum must focus on the behavior and attitude of the cyclist that will avoid accidents.
  • The instructors must be trained in bicycling and bicycle safety.
  • The materials should be tailored to age and level of the students.
  • To teach safe bicycling requires time on the bicycle.
  • The thoroughness of the education is a function of the length and repetition of exposure to the material.
For an overview of this information, as well as a sample outline for a curriculum, visit the IBF's website.
The National Safe Routes to School partnership also offers a list of topics that should be covered for a curriculum.  These include:
  • how to cross the street safely –stop, look and listen
  • basic bike and helmet fitting – especially important for parents
  • how to position yourself properly on the road – the three positions
  • how to let drivers know your intentions – be predictable
  • how to safely negotiate turns and intersections – hand signals, signs, traffic awareness
  • the basics of traffic law – right of way and rules of the road
  • skills practice – 3-6 adult-led hours on a bike; one hour walking in a neighborhood
The State of Wisconsin also offers several incentive programs and educational opportunities that promote bike riding and bike safety.
  • The Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Movin' and Munchin' Schools program encourages schools to improve their nutrition and physical education programs by offering cash incentives.
  • The Division of Natural Resources, in partnership with the DPI, created the Green and Healthy Schools Program that incorporates appreciation and education on the environment and natural resources into an overall program to increase students' awareness and education of health and safety issues that are currently facing today's youth.
  • The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety offers yearly classes on Teaching Safe Bicycling as well as Bike Safety Rodeos.  For more information, contact Larry Corsi at the Bureau of Transportation Safety at 608-267-3154 or
School Crossing Guard Guidelines:
Busy intersections pose the biggest threat to students walking to school.  To combat this danger, schools, law enforcement officials, parents, and community members should develop a school crossing guard program.  There are several factors that need to be considered when implementing this program, such as critical locations for guards, the role the guards should play, funding for guards, and training among others.
For a comprehensive review of what is required for an effective School Crossing Guard program, review the National Safe Routes to School's Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.
Tips and laws regarding bike security:
All bikes in the City of Platteville must be registered and tagged.  To register a student's bike, file a complete description of the bicycle with the Platteville Police Department (by stopping by their front desk), at which time the Department will give you a tag with a serial number that you must place on the bike.  Registration fee is $1.00 per bicycle.  (31.20-31.22)
Should a student report a stolen bicycle, contact your local police.
Bikes should be locked up when parked in public places such as schools or libraries.  There are several types of bike locks on the market for students to choose from.  The three basic types are D or U Locks, Chain or cable locks, and Wheel Locks.  For a complete review of bike locks, visit the Cool Biking Zone website.
The most effective method of locking a bike is to make sure that the lock passes through the bike frame as well as the front tire and then through the bike rack where the bike will be parked.  This will ensure that the bike remains secure and that tires won't be removed from the bike.
Recommendations on bike racks for schools:
Part of encouraging students to ride to school is ensuring that these students have safe and secure racks where they can lock their bike during school hours.  There are many different styles of racks and it can be difficult to identify the number of racks required or the safest and most practical locations for installing racks.  Proper installation techniques must also be followed as well.
The Dero Bike Rack Company, a partner of the national Safe Routes to School program, offers a bike parking guide that covers all of the questions you might run into when deciding which style of rack is best for your school.  To review this guide, visit the Dero Bike Rack Company's website here!