NCUHS Students Learn That Bike Riding is FUN and FUNctional
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
NCH Outreach Specialist Beth Barnes shared her enthusiasm for biking with Newport students for National Bike Month.