Students Work with the Community to Promote Cycling on Ride to School Day 2013

Nightingale Cyclists teamed up with the local cycling community once again this May.  This time their goal was to encourage more students to celebrate Ride to School Day by holding an after school festival on the national holiday.  Students who rode to school that day were rewarded with a free snack and an extra chance to win raffle prizes. Other participants were provided bikes to borrow and use for the afternoon.

Students organizing the event invited members from the local cycling community to help them provide bicycle education workshops.  Paul from The Bike Oven just up the street returned to Nightingale to host the ABC’s of bikes. Brian from Northeast LA Bike Polo group Pizzapocolypse also returned to the school to teach more students how to play bike polo.  Safe Moves LA came and hosted a workshop in bicycle safety in which students rode through a mock city street and were required to follow safety rules to make it to the end of the course.

In addition to attending workshops, students celebrated the day with face painting, music, and food.  Thank you to SafeMoves, The Bike Oven, and NorthEast LA Bike Polo for hosting workshops, as well as El Maestro Bike Shop in downtown for their donations to the raffle.  The student cyclists look forward to continuing to work with local groups to promote safe, fun cycling in Cypress Park and around LA.

Categories: action, community, nightingale middle school, student interest

Author:thed3lab

The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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