Manitoba Launching Bike-Safety Program for Students

Manitoba Launching Bike-Safety Program for Students

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WINNIPEG — A three-year pilot program will educate Manitoba students on safely riding their bicycles for transportation and recreation.

Manitoba Public Insurance has teamed up with the Seven Oaks School Division for Bicycling Education & Skills Training in Schools (BEST). H.C. Avery Middle School, Forest Park School, Collicutt School and R.F. Morrison will all participate with their Grade 4 to 8 students.

“Getting our students to be fit is a major challenge today and active transportation is a big part the answer to that challenge,” said Brian O’Leary, superintendent, Seven Oaks School Division.

Students in the program will receive approximately four hours of bicycle training. BEST was developed in partnership between Bike Winnipeg, Seven Oaks School Division, Manitoba Public Insurance, Green Action Centre and the WRENCH.

Students will also be shown how to properly maintain their bicycle, in addition to proper use of safety equipment.

The program is being co-funded by MPI and the Seven Oaks School Division.


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