BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE CELEBRATES 50,000 SAFETY EDUCATION GRADUATES

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BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE CELEBRATES 50,000 SAFETY EDUCATION GRADUATES

WITH NUTCASE HELMET GIVEAWAY

MADE POSSIBLE BY HARRINGTON FAMILY FOUNDATION


March 26, 2013 – Portland, Oregon – The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is excited to announce the milestone of the 50,000th student graduating from the BTA’s Bicycle Safety Education program. To celebrate the event, fifth graders at Roseway Heights Elementary School will be given Nutcase Helmets courtesy of the Harrington Family Foundation and will be joined by community members for a graduation ride to celebrate their successful completion of the 10-hour Bicycle Safety Education program.


When: April 11, 2013, 10:15am – 11:30am

Where: Roseway Heights Elementary School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.,  Portland, OR 97213

What: 50,000th student to graduate BTA’s In-School Bicycle Safety Education program with ceremony and 5th grade class community ride; Student and classmates recognized with free Nutcase Helmets from the Harrington Family Foundation.


The BTA teaches their award-winning Safe Routes for Kids safety education curriculum in 40 Portland schools each year through the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program. The 10-hour curriculum is similar to a drivers education program for 5th graders including both classroom and on-bicycle, on-street lessons teaching:


  • Helmet Safety

  • Personal Bicycle Fit and Conducting a Safety Check

  • Signaling, Stopping, and Safe Handling Skills

  • Rules of the Road and Right of Way

The BTA brings a full fleet of bicycles and trained instructor to each school where the two-week program is taught, and culminates with a community ride through neighborhood streets in which all students demonstrate their skills and knowledge of how to share the road with other traffic and safely navigate their community’s streets by bicycle.


We are proud to have taught 50,000 students valuable safety skills, and also are excited that the first students we reached are now young adults. They are carrying forward that formative experience in how they choose to get around and in their awareness of bicyclists on the roadway.  This year our instructor team includes two assistant instructors who received safety education as 5th graders!

- LeeAnne Fergason, BTA Education Programs Manager


The BTA is thrilled to have the support of the Harrington Family Foundation to raise awareness of safety and helmet use by recognizing the 50,000 student milestone by outfitting the entire Roseway Heights 5th Grade class with Nutcase Helmets.


Our family foundation is committed to nurturing the safety and well-being of children. We’re thrilled to provide helmets to students that, along with the BTA’s Bicycle Safety Education, will allow them to safely navigate their neighborhood streets by bicycle,” says Nancy Marshall of the Harrington Family Foundation.


– ABOUT THE BTA –


The BTA is non-profit, membership organization on a mission to create healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies, and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily transportation needs on a bicycle.  The BTA currently teaches Bicycle Safety Education in 40 Portland schools through the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program funded through the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

– ABOUT THE HARRINGTON FAMILY FOUNDATION –


The Harrington Family Foundation believes every child has a right to receive a quality education and proper health care in a safe and nurturing community.  Its mission is to support, through financial contributions, non-profit organizations within the State of Oregon that share this vision. Recognizing the benefit of working with community partners to achieve its goals, the foundation seeks out respected organizations, businesses, and individuals who are dedicated to the belief that improving the quality of life for children today is an investment in the well-being of society tomorrow.


– ABOUT NUTCASE –


Nutcase is a Portland-based company known for their helmets that combine safety with outstanding and fun designs.

– CONTACT –


For media inquiries please contact:

Will Vanlue

Communications Manager

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

503-226-0676 x28

will@btaoregon.org


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