Students learn bike safety through Buncombe County program

Fifth grade students at Enka Intermediate School participate in a new bike program. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

There's a new bike program being offered to students in Buncombe County.

Fifth grade students at Enka Intermediate School participate in the program 45 minutes a day, two days a week.

During the course, they learn how to inspect their bike, the rules of the road, hand signals, and how to make sure they are safe on a bike.

While safety is a key aspect of the program, teachers also want students to have fun.

"I finally learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, and it feels really good," Ramone, a fifth-grader, said. "I've always wanted to just ride it by itself."

Educators hope students take what they learn home to their families.

"Just encouraging them to go home to their parents and say, 'Mom, dad, I love this. Can we do this as a family?'" health teacher Chamblee Carrington said. "So, we're really trying to connect with the families."

The school system has bikes it can rotate to different locations throughout the year. Currently, they are looking for funding to buy an additional trailer to transport more bikes to additional schools.

The county partnered with the Blue Ridge Bike Club to train P.E. teachers.

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