NCUHS Stu­dents Learn That Bike Rid­ing is FUN and FUNc­tional

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT

Beth Barnes, Com­mu­nity Health Out­reach Spe­cial­ist at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal took her bike and her mes­sage to Mr. Peter Alexander’s fresh­man gym class to cel­e­brate Na­tional Bike Month. “Rid­ing bikes for plea­sure, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and com­mut­ing are my pas­sions and it’s al­ways great to share this with ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially stu­dents,” Beth said.

Lo­cal Mo­tion, a Burling­ton based non-profit that pro­motes bik­ing, walk­ing and other al­ter­nate modes of trans­porta­tion is start­ing to hold Ev­ery­day Bi­cy­cling Work­shops through­out Ver­mont, like this one at the high school. The mes­sage is sim­ple: bike rid­ing is fun, it’s good for the en­vi­ron­ment,

it’s good for your health and it’s a great way to get where you need to go. Stu­dents learned ba­sic safety skills such as proper sig­nal­ing in or­der to com­mu­ni­cate with driv­ers, the ABC’s of how to check a bike for safety be­fore rid­ing and skills as sim­ple as ty­ing shoes to pre­vent an ac­ci­dent. They also learned that bike com­mut­ing to work or school is a great way to get the re­quired amount of daily phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, and have fun while do­ing it!

Spe­cial thanks to Mr. Bill Ri­vard, NCUHS Prin­ci­pal who at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion and even shared a few bik­ing thoughts of his own. Beth said, “One of the most im­por­tant mes­sages I like to leave with an au­di­ence is that it is not a ques­tion of cars VER­SUS bikes, it is the idea of cars AND bikes. The roads are ours to share so it’s im­por­tant for driv­ers and bik­ers to show

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NCH Out­reach Spe­cial­ist Beth Barnes shared her en­thu­si­asm for bik­ing with New­port stu­dents for Na­tional Bike Month.

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