Hope-Hill Media Specialist Christine Tigue commutes to school most days by bicycle. When she does, she parks her bike behind the media center’s circulation desk and that caught the attention of several students. So many children showed an interest in cycling that Ms. Tigue teamed up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to get helmets for a few students earlier this year. That’s when she heard about the Earn A Bike program, decided to participate in the program and received funding from the Hope-Hill Elementary School Foundation.
Here’s how the program works. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition offers a class for elementary, middle or high school students on bicycle basics and safety. The four-hour class teaches students basic road rules, safety checks on proper helmet and bike fit as well as tips on cycling in Atlanta.
Ms. Tigue arranged to have the program held at Hope-Hill Elementary for the first fifteen students, grades 3-5, who brought her a signed permission slip. Those students completed the course and earned a bicycle plus a helmet! Now the school’s foundation has offered to purchase a bicycle lock for every student.
Because of the program’s success, the Hope-Hill Elementary School foundation has offered to pay for another class to take place before the end of the school year. Some of the teachers have even signed up for the Earn A Bike Adult Program!
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that promotes the bicycle as a viable transportation solution and form of recreation and exercise. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to cycle in the city.