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100% District Wide Participation
Vallecito's Cool Your Carbon campaign is designed to help parents, students, teachers, and staff reduce our carbon footprint on the planet by finding alternatives to the automobile for getting to school. On the first Wednesday of every month, everyone in the Vallecito community is urged to walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to school, with various fun activities to increase participation.
Below are some tips on bicyclist safety skills for this month's day.
Tips for Biking in the Rain
1. Remember that caliper (hand) brakes lose their effectiveness when the bike's rims get wet. Be sure to test your brakes often and dry the rims by applying the brakes when necessary -- especially after going through a puddle or wet section of road. Check the brakes often and brake well before intersections. When going downhill go slowly and carefully, ensuring that rims are dry by applying the brakes.
2. Paint on the road becomes extremely slick when the roads are wet. Crosswalks, limit lines, turn arrows and other paint on the road can cause your bike tires to lose all traction when it is raining. Avoid sharp turns on painted sections of the road. Brake before you get to the paint at an intersection. Generally, treat paint on the road like ice!
Bicyclist Safety Skills
Riding a bicycle is a major step towards independence and mobility for children and, like walking, is a skill that can be used throughout a lifetime. Supervised practice time on the bicycle is the most important way for children to gain riding and safety skills. It can also instill confidence and create better riders as well as better future drivers who are more aware of bicyclists on the street.
Before riding to school, children first need to have sufficient bicycle handling skills, including the ability to:
When children have these skills, they should learn and be able to demonstrate the following safety behaviors before riding to school:
Preparing for the ride
During the ride