Saturday, March 23, 2024

State-wide Bicycle Education - What to Know

Washington State's new bicycle program is being rolled out now.  A pilot program began with the 2023/24 school year.  Designed to reach 95% of the state's school children, it will arrive on Mercer Island in a year or two.  

The Statewide School-Based Bicycle Safety Education Program, created as part of Move Ahead Washington legislation, includes two programs: One for elementary and middle school students (grades 3-8) to be implemented in school physical education classes, and another for middle and high school youth (grades 6-12) to be implemented out of school or after school. The purpose is “to develop students’ skills and street safety knowledge to be more confident bicyclists for transportation and recreation.”