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Middle school cycling program expanding

Middle school cycling program expanding

A Laramie Middle School student rides a mountain bike at the Schoolyard Trails as part of a new afterschool cycling club. The school was given…

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A Laramie Middle School student rides a mountain bike at the Schoolyard Trails as part of a new afterschool cycling club. The school was given 26 mountain bikes last year, which are being incorporated into physical education classes, the cycling club and research projects. A Laramie Middle School student rides a mountain bike at the Schoolyard Trails as part of a new afterschool cycling club. The school was given 26 mountain bikes last year, which are being incorporated into physical education classes, the cycling club and research projects. Laramie Middle School physical education is more than rope climbs and dodge ball these days, as a fleet of 26 mountain bikes is now part of the curriculum.

Last fall, the school received the bikes from an organization called Outride, a nonprofit started by Specialized Bicycle Components in 2015. Outride offers a school-based cycling program called Riding for Focus, which aims to use cycling as a tool to boost middle school student success.

Outride also supports research into the benefits of cycling for youth, especially in the treatment of ADHD. Some of that research is happening in Laramie right now.

In addition to bikes, the middle school also received helmets, pumps, repair kits, tubes and training for PE teacher Jamie Simmons, who is leading all LMS 7th graders through the cycling unit this fall.

“It’s a really good social-distance activity, and we can be outside,” she said.

Students start by learning how to conduct a safety inspection and check for maintenance issues before they ride. Then […]

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