Last week the 6th graders at Adams Elementary School took their biking skills to the streets of Santa Barbara. Each day, a dozen 6th grade students left campus with physical education teacher, Julie Churchman, and rode through the Samarkand neighborhood, over to State Street, and down Sate Street to Stearns Wharf. They then got to ride through the fog along the bike path to East Beach, where they took a break before heading back to school.
This confidence building street ride tests the skills that they have been learning on the school’s blacktop since they were in second grade. Five years ago, Mrs. Churchman discovered that fifty percent of the schooled students entered junior high school not knowing how to ride a bike. Adams Elementary School has been partnering with SBBike and BiciCentro since then providing refurbished bikes on which the students learn. Two years ago a fleet of Specialized mountain bikes were acquired through a grant with CycleKids. Last year, the Audacious Foundation heard what was happening at Adams and purchased a new fleet of bicycles for the school. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade now receive bicycle education during their physical education classes.