Students learn about bike safety at Bicycle Safety Town

By WEEK Producer

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – A series of recent accidents, one fatal, are prompting more concerns about child safety.

With just a few weeks left in school students are getting valuable lessons about how to stay safe this summer.

Second graders from Glen Oak Learning Center in Peoria put their riding rules to the test at Bicycle Safety Town in Peoria on Wednesday.

"Be safe with the bike. When it's green you got to go,” explained second grader Isaiah Jones.

Many of the students though are more focused on trying to ride their bikes correctly rather than paying attention to the rules.

“It's very challenging for second graders,” said Carrie Bottrell of the Peoria Park District. “Not only are they dealing with the mechanics of riding a bike but they just want to have fun.”

But it doesn't have to come at the expense of being safe.

Bottrell recommends that parents remind their children to stop and look both ways before going into a street, wear helmets and pay attention at all times.

Their teacher says the safety lessons are more relevant since a Lincoln School student was hit by a pickup truck Monday.

"You know I want to see my students next year. They're going into third grade.I want to see them and have them come visit me,” said Darwynn Gilman.

The teachers hope that by correcting students’ mistakes and mishaps on the road here they'll be less likely to repeat them when it really counts.

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