A Pathways Grant will be used to purchase 40 bicycles for bicycle safety and education in USD 475 grades five and six, and PE One at Junction City High School. The Board of Education authorized the use of the grant funds, totaling $30,000 for the acquisition of the bicycles.
This Blast curriculum is designed to teach the skills for safe and effective riding. The curriculum has been developed by bicycle advocates and reviewed by educators and parents.
The bikes will spend about two-and-a-half to three weeks at each school beginning with modules which emphasize safety including helmets, bikes and rules of the road, along with the fundamentals of riding a bicycle. The bikes would consist of three different sizes and would be stored in a 24-foot trailer.
The Blast curriculum will become part of the K-12 Physical Education curriculum.