The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a 1.36 million dollar grant to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Los Angeles City Bicycle Coalition and Youth Education Sports, Inc. This grant will provide professional safe cycling skills training to LAUSD middle school Physical Education teachers, who will then teach cycling as a standard P.E. curriculum.
The grant will also fund the purchase of 65 bicycles and helmets for each school that conducts the curriculum. P.E. teachers will be trained to conduct the YES-BLAST Volume 1 safe cycling skills program, and on-the-bike program conducted on campus. YES School Cycling Instructors (SCI) will provide the training at 30 middle schools, which will be a four to ten week class.
This represents the culmination of years of groundwork and planning by members of the cycling and physical education community. Chad Fenwick, past president of CAHPERD (California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), had this to say on the breakthrough; “This will be such a plus for the students and schools physical education program. I look forward to improving the physical education teacher’s content knowledge regarding teaching biking and bike safety in their physical education classes.”