Bike Safety Education Series: Lesson 6 – Turning with Traffic

This is the sixth lesson in our Safe Routes for Kids Curriculum Series.


Lesson 6 – In-depth intersections and on-steet practice!

Timing: 15 minutes in class, 40- 45 minutes on bikes

Techniques: Use think, pair, share for the most in-class involvement; Use the team oath for outside classroom management (see Lesson 3).

Before class: Scope out a low traffic intersection to use for drills. Set up drill.

  1. Review Lesson 5
  2. Review Team Oath (see Lesson 3)
  3. Discuss how to travel straight, right, and left at an intersection:
    • Straight
      • Ride in position 3
      • Signal stop before stopping
      • Brake with both hands and stop at the stop sign
      • Look left, right, left
      • When the intersection is clear, ride straight into position 3
    • Right
      • Ride in position 3
      • Signal stop before stopping
      • Brake with both hands and stop at the stop sign
      • Look left, right, left
      • Signal right and when the intersection is clear, turn into position 3
    • Left
      • Ride in position 3, shoulder check, signal, move to position 1
      • Signal stop before stopping
      • Brake with both hands and stop at the stop sign.
      • Look left, right, left
      • Signal left and when the intersection is clear move to middle of the intersection, then turn into position 3
    • Transforming into a Pedestrian
      • This techniques should be used when an intersection seems too dangerous to ride through on the road
      • Use a marked crosswalk when possible
  4. Discuss riding with traffic: Introduce that you will practice the Emergency Drill, Review team oath
  5. Perform drills (follow on-street protocol*):
    • Go outside, pass out bikes, perform Bike Safety & Personal Safety Check (see Lesson 3)
    • Find a low-traffic, uncontrolled intersection if possible
    • Conduct left turns and right turns on the street

 

Instructions

“You [students] will start in one of two lines. For the Left-turners: when the person in front of you has passed through the intersection, it’s your turn. Make a left turn. Shoulder check, signal, and get into the back of the right turning line. When you get to the person in front of you has passed through the intersection…”

Variants

  • These drills are possible on 3-way intersections and, in a pinch, streets with right-angle turns in them.
  • If you have time and things are going well, test left-turners on their shoulder checks

Staffing

  • Minimum: you (at intersection) and the classroom teacher (coaching the left-turn line)
  • You can trade places with the classroom teacher if they are not comfortable coaching
  • Additional adults and students who aren’t riding can coach right-turners, supervise turnarounds, and do shoulder check tests

 Tips

  • Make sure the classroom teacher is listening as you explain to the students what that teacher will be doing at the intersection.
  • Be sure to have enough space for all the steps involved in a left turn
  • Avoid making left turns on uphills
  • Find an uncontrolled intersection if possible, but if a 2-way stop is the only option available, give the left-turners the stop sign

*On-street protocol involves stationing an adult at each intersection where students do not have the right of way. The adult should help students make safe choices and prevent students from unnecessarily stopping other traffic.


This is a brief overview of one lesson in the Safe Routes for Kids Curriculum as taught by BTA educators at schools in Portland Public, David Douglas, and Parkrose School Districts.

This curriculum is also used to teach 4th-7th graders across the state by partners in Eugene, Ashland, Albany, Corvallis, Klamath Falls and Bend!

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