Bicycle & Pedestrian Public Education

Safe Routes to Schools: Train the Trainers

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Williamson County P.E. Teachers practice proper bicycling riding position.

Teaching Walking and Bicycling Safety to P.E. Teachers

In the Summer of 2009, the Nashville Area MPO staff worked with the Program Director of Walk/Bike Nashville to develop a two-week Walking and Bicycling Safety curriculum to be taught by elementary school P.E. teachers to their students.

The project was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living by Design program. The two-week curriculum is written to the Tennessee Department of Education Standards for Physical Education for Elementary School students.

To date, over seventy-five P.E. Teachers in Davidson and Williamson Counties have been taught the curriculum in day-long in-service trainings. Plans are underway for the curriculum to be taught to several hundred additional P.E. Teachers throughout the Nashville Area MPO Region.

The curriculum covers pedestrian laws and safety including how and where to cross the street. The curriculum also covers basic bicycle maintenance, parts of a bicycle, bicycle fit, helmet fit and rules of the road for bicyclists. The training concludes with sessions on the bicycle where teachers learn first hand the bicycle safety skills drills they will teach to their students.

Bicycle Street Smarts

Teaching Basic Skills and Laws of Bicycle Riding to the Public

The Nashville Area MPO in partnership with local bicycle advocacy group Walk/Bike Nashville developed a 2-hour bicycle training program called Bicycle Street Smarts. The training program is designed to teach the basics of bicycle fit, maintenance, laws, hand signals and skills for a bicyclist to ride safely on the roadway or greenway.

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The class is offered to community groups upon request at no charge, depending on instructor availability. Instructors are certified by the League of American Bicyclists as League Certified Instructors.

Participants must bring their own bicycles and helmets. The class concludes with a group ride during which each participant must taking turns leading the group through traffic lights, stop signs, lane changes and turns. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the class.

A condensed version of the class is available for informational sessions such as community meetings and workplace brown-bag lunches. However, the abbreviated version does not serve as a substitute for the full Bicycle Street Smarts hands-on course.

Law Enforcement Officers Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

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The Nashville Area MPO in conjunction with the Knoxville Transportation Planning Organization offers a one-hour refresher training to law enforcement officers on laws pertaining to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The training covers Tennessee State law and provides a review of rules of the road pertaining to walking and bicycling. The session includes pedestrian rights at un-marked crosswalks, how bicyclists signal lane changes and turns, and where a bicyclist is legally allowed to ride on the roadway.

The training also covers tips for law enforcement officers when citing either vehicular motorists who violate the rights of pedestrians or bicyclists, or who cite pedestrians and bicyclists for failing to follow the laws and rules of the road for their particular mode of travel.

The training which started in 2009 has been offered to officers from across Tennessee at the Tennessee Lifesavers Conference, and through the Franklin Police Department Bicycle Police Training Academy, including Franklin Police, Rutherford County Sheriffs Department and Murfreesboro Police Department.

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Rochelle Carpenter
Senior Policy Analyst

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