Another great day of bicycle driver education!
Robertson Community Center was filled with people from various agencies who wanted to learn about and participate in a walk audit sponsored by WALKSacramento. I went mostly because Del Paso Elementary is in TRUSD and I taught CBET there a couple of years ago.
Caroline is back from her Asian adventure. Caroline spent about 3 months touring Southeast Asia. I almost went with her on this trip, but when final plans were being determined last November, my mother became ill and all my attention went to her. A determined and brave Caroline went on her own. She recorded her adventure at wulzenadventures.blogspot.com if you’d like to check it out. We met at Raley Field in West Sacramento.
We started walking and talking,
and walking … past yoga groups,
steam engines in Old Sacramento,
and stand-up paddleboarders on the Sacramento River,
when all of a sudden, 3 hours had gone by and we were a few miles from our starting point. We turned around, headed back and talked about when we might get together again. We reached no decision on that last point, except that we WILL see each other again and, in the meantime, we will think and dream about when and where we might travel together. Someday.
This was a very early and cold morning. Ione is about a 2-hour drive from E Nicolaus, especially when stopping in downtown Sacramento to pick up LCI Elle and Miha (WALKSacramento). We arrived early to set up the course and got the see the excellent Safety Patrol at work helping students getting to class on time every morning
The local fire department demonstrated the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet by doing a a melon drop.
Every student who brought a bicycle to school came to the bike rodeo, all others went to learning stations for nutrition and pedestrian safety.
Today a drive to Placerville for bike club. This is a great group of kids, they are learning bicycle driving skills rather quickly and I have to make weekly lessons more challenging whenever possible.
After pedestrian education after school today, I went directly to the bicycle club. I wasn’t sure anyone would attend today, so I didn’t even bring my bike. But surprise! quite a few kids were there. And the biggest kid was there too, Lindsay’s dad Brian – he’s such a great supporter of the bike club.
This can be a tricky intersection for about a half hour after Auburn Elementary School lets out at 3 pm. Lots of cars, parents, kids walking, bicycle riding, a crossing guard who’s periodically ignored or almost run over. Safe Kids California asked me to spend two afternoons at the crosswalk, reminding students how to safely cross the street even when a crossing guard is present.
It’s hard to tell if my presence, my words, or the goodies I passed out had an impact or not. But we continue to teach, don’t we?
I checked in with Mike Wade this morning. His CBET class at Smythe Academy ended today. All participants received a certificate of completion. Mike is greatly loved at this school, by students, staff members, and principal Ken Dandurand.
And then I drove to Auburn. There are lots of bicycle education activities this week (which might explain why I get so far behind on this blog sometimes. Bear with me, Faithful Followers.)