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Bike Laws & Share the Road 

  • Cyclists have same rights, rules and responsibilities as motorists (14-286a)

  • Bike helmets are required for children age 15 and younger biking on CT roadways  and CT parks (14-286d), and for all riders of electric bikes. (14-289k)

   

Resources

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national initiative dedicated to improving conditions around schools so that more children can safely walk and bike to school.  SRTS programs promote safety and lifestyle choices that lead to healthier bodies and a healthier earth.  Federal and state SRTS programs support local programs with training, technical assistance, and grants. 

 

In Simsbury, Safe Routes to School programs at Tootin’ Hills, Latimer Lane, and Squadron Line Elementary Schools host educational programs and school-wide events to promote bike and pedestrian safety.  Their popular Bike/Walk to School Day events  provide valuable opportunities for students to learn and apply bike and pedestrian safety skills in Simsbury  neighborhoods. These events have inspired thousands of children, along with their parents, to bike or walk to school - many for the first time. They have also raised awareness  of the safety of walk/bike routes for the entire community.  

 

Simsbury’s SRTS programs would like to remind drivers to “Drive with Care” while students are traveling to and from school.

  

To learn more about the Safe Routes to School initiative, see:

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Bike Education 

Upcoming Classes 2024​​

Online Classes

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Simsbury Public Schools

Bike Safety in P.E. Class

Simsbury Public Schools’ Department of Physical Education and Health has one of the first and most comprehensive Bike Safety Education programs in Connecticut public schools.  During P.E. class, 4th, 7th and 8th graders learn bike safety essentials like helmet and bike fit, balancing, braking, signaling, spacing and proper road and trail etiquette.  For high school students, bike safety training is delivered during popular summer P.E. and Wellness classes using classroom and on-bike instruction.  Three fleets of bicycles are owned by the school district and rotate between five elementary schools and the middle school.   

  

Originally developed in Simsbury in 2012 for the elementary schools,  the bike safety curriculum has been fined tuned over the years to meet the developmental needs of elementary through high school students and their complex school schedules.  Classes are taught by P.E. teachers who have attended train-the-trainer workshops in bike safety education.  As a leader in this area, Simsbury has hosted train-the-trainer workshops in 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022 for local and out-of-district teachers preparing to teach bike safety.

  

For more information about Simsbury Public Schools' Bike Safety Education Program, contact Amanda Roy at aroy@simsburyschools.net. 

Bike Safety Classes

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