Students of all ages learn about cyclist ‘Traffic Skills 101’

Pictured are students and instructors involved in the recent “Traffic Skills 101” course (from left): Holly Tucker, Jerry Hoppe, instructors Jason and Beth Gary, Carol Agnes, Amy Brand, Sandy Scoles, Judy Zimmer, Torri Nolder, Ken Nodo and Jan Lasar.

Pictured are students and instructors involved in the recent “Traffic Skills 101” course (from left): Holly Tucker, Jerry Hoppe, instructors Jason and Beth Gary, Carol Agnes, Amy Brand, Sandy Scoles, Judy Zimmer, Torri Nolder, Ken Nodo and Jan Lasar.

School was in session for a group of cyclists at Little Falls Community Middle School, Oct. 25 – 26.

The students, ages 13-73, participated in Traffic Skills (TS) 101, a class designed to teach the fundamentals of bike handling and traffic laws for bicyclists.

Natalie Gille, The Bicycle Alliance’s Northern Minnesota Regional Manager, said, “The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota was happy to team teach with new league cycling instructors Beth and Jason Gary in Little Falls. Everyone participated in both classroom and on the road instruction using the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum, which prepares riders for safer and more confident cycling in their local community.”

At the end of the two-day course, all passed the final test even though it had been quite a while since some of them had sat at a school desk.

“None of this would have been possible without the help of the Bicycle Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Public Health,” said Kristina VonBerge, executive director of the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and organizer of the event. “And generous donations by Morrison County Public Health, Little Falls Subway and Reality Roasters Coffee Company kept everyone well fed and alert.”

To find out more about the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) and the next TS 101 class locally, visit www.bikemn.org.

 

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