I have a dream and I'm working to realize it here in Nevada.
We're working toward the goal of having bicycle and
pedestrian safety taught in all of our elementary schools. A sixteen hour course is
offered to teachers, law enforcement officers, and community volunteers on how to teach
children bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian safety will be taught in grades K-2. A
smart pedestrian makes a smart cyclist. The leading cause of death for both
young cyclists and young pedestrians is "mid-block dart out."
If we can train a young walker to stop at the edge, look
left, right, left, then it will be easier to train that young cyclistto do the same.
In grades 3-5 we train young cyclists in an increasingly
complex set of traffic skills. We encourage participation in BMX racing as well as
road or mountain bike events if they are available in the area.
About fifth grade, introduce them to earthlink and their
program of "Get Outspoken." That preparation should last them
through middle school, help get them involved in the local community, and help establish a
background of knowledge that will serve them well as advocates throughout their lives.
High school is a tough nut to crack as most kids just want
to get their hands on the wheel of a car. But with the background they have had in
the fundamental traffic skills, they'll be better motorists and watch out for cyclists and
pedestrians. If they are so inclined in high school, we will continue to encourage
their involvement in cycling sports and, for a select few, we will start bringing them in
as assistant instructors to work with younger children.
By college, they're adults and should be treated that way.
We would like to offer a full range of adult cycling programs grounded in
"Effective Cycling" and continue to urge them to get involved in their local
That's it in a nutshell. I've got the support of my
supervisors and nothing but opportunity.
State of Nevada
State Education Officer, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Office of Traffic Safety, DMV & PS
555 Wright Way, Carson City, NV 89711