Safe Routes to School grant funds bike education for under-served and disabled students

PHS is partnering with Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) to provide opportunities for increased physical activity through biking and bike education programing for under-served K-8 students and students with disabilities within the cities of Detroit and Ypsilanti. Eight schools will participate in the program, including: Dixon Educational Learning Academy, Hope of Detroit Academy, Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, Summit Academy North Middle School, University Prep Art & Design Middle School, University Preparatory Science and Math Middle School, Washtenaw International Middle Academy, Ypsilanti Community Middle School.

Schools may choose from three programs: 1) The Physical Education Bicycle Unit that provides a one-week bike education and safety class; 2) The Earn-A-Bike Program which is an afterschool program that teaches students bike maintenance and bike safety, and upon completion, students may keep their bikes; or 3) The Bike Library Program where students “check out” a bike on a daily basis to get to and from school. In addition to the other educational opportunities, walking and biking to school days will be available.

Funding for this collaborative endeavor is provided by a Safe Routes to School grant from the Michigan Fitness Foundation.