|A student practicing the proper hand signal during the Bicycle Safety course|
|As students brought their bicycles to school in the morning, they left them in the gym (top photo). The two MPI instructors set out the course in the playground (bottom photos)|
The course, which was taught by employees from Manitoba Public Insurance, began shortly after opening exercises with the grade 2 class up first (the course was repeated for the grade 1’s shortly afterwards). The MPI instructors set up pylons on the playground and the students learned about bicycle safety checks, the importance of helmets, how to use the “Stop” hand signal, and how to use the “Turning” hand signals.
|The MPI instructors teaching bicycle safety and hand signals to the students|
The students then had to demonstrate that they knew how to stop, straddle, shoulder check, and use proper hand signals to ride a bicycle. They also had to demonstrate an understanding of street signs.
|The grade 1 and 2 students demonstrating what they learned on the bicycle course|
|The students finished off the course with a short video on bicycle safety. The video was targeted to younger students and reinforced what they learned earlier. Everyone had fun, and the students learned some important rules about bicycle safety.|