by Sarah Goh
On Tuesday, March 22, a class of bubbling kindergartners rushed intoSouth Shore PK–8 School’s gym to learn how to ride a bike for the first time. They were taking part in the launch of the All Kids Bike Program , a national movement on a mission to teach every child in kindergarten how to ride a bike in physical education (P.E.) class.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) chose South Shore PK–8 school as the first in the district to host the pilot program. This program is funded by the Seattle-based nonprofit, Kids Need Bikes , and its founder Thomas Hayes.
At the start of P.E. class, each kindergartner had their own Strider Learn-To-Ride Bike to handle. The school received 24 Strider bikes for all kindergartners to use, along with one example bike for the teacher. A bike comes with a helmet and starts as a balance bike that can later convert into a pedal bike.
“It’s been such an easy set up,” said South Shore P.E. teacher Anna Rable. “The bike comes in a box, and it takes about seven minutes to put together.” Kindergartners test out their new bikes during an event held at South Shore K-8 School on March 22, 2022. (Photo: Alex Garland) The kindergartners quietly listened to Rable as she gave them instructions on how to balance and turn. But as the class turned to activities and games, the young students began laughing and racing each other on the new bikes.
“There’s so much freedom and excitement […]