By Coloradoan Staff

Bill Black, owner of the 1st Choice After School Kare, or ASK, program, decided to get a jump-start on spring and brought two experts to share their knowledge about bike safety to students at Liberty Common.

Dave Roberts, owner of Spokes bike shop in Windsor, and Rick Price, safe cycling coordinator for the Bike Co-op of Fort Collins, taught students about using the ABC Quick Check list before they ride to make sure their bikes are in good operating condition.

Courtesy of Bill Black/1st Choice After School Kare Dave Roberts, left, owner of Spokes bike shop in Windsor, and Rick Price, second from left, safe cycling coordinator for the Bike Co-op of Fort Collins, provide lessons in safe bike riding for students at Liberty Common School. First-grader David Geo, second from right, and second-grader Leo VonBargen, right, learn about the ‘ABC Quick Check.’

Both experts emphasized wearing helmets and showed how to inspect them to make sure there are no cracks.

“If your helmet has a crack, send it to file 13 (trash can) and purchase a new one,” Price said.

Roberts explained the importance of giving proper hand signals to let people know riders their intentions for turning, slowing or stopping.

Black is working with Price to get the safety program into all 12 ASK programs. Black also wants to work with other after-school care companies.

“If we could save one child’s life with these seminars, it would be worth a lifetime of classes,” Black said.

Interested?

For more information on the ASK program, visit www.1stchoiceask.com. For more information on bike safety classes, e-mail Price at rick@experienceplus.com.

Original Story – 02-18-2010 – Coloradoan