Creston FFA, working with the Creston Law Enforcement Center and the Union County Sheriff’s Department, presented its annual three-day bicycle safety program to more than 200 first- and second-grade students in the Creston public and St. Malachy schools May 15-16 and 23.
More than 2,100 young people have been taught the importance of bicycle safety and been provided with a helmet they can wear when riding their bikes since Creston FFA started a bicycle safety program.
With the help of Creston police, FFA members explained the importance of wearing safety gear and knowing the correct hand signals when riding a bicycle.
Students received a coloring page on bicycle safety and were provided the opportunity to demonstrate how to properly ride a bicycle on a city street, use hand signals when turning away or into traffic and approach various street signs on a bicycle safety rodeo course.
The chapter was assisted in its presentations by local police officer Pat Henry.
Newly-elected Chapter President Darin Hatfield said Henry was very important to the overall program’s success.
“The law enforcement always works well with the young people and are very knowledgeable about the bicycle safety laws, adding credibility to our presentation and program,” said newly-elected Chapter Vice President Brooke Thelen, another FFA member involved in the safety program.
“Safety can save lives if we take it seriously,” said FFA member Taylor Rice.
“If we can get one youngster to look before crossing an intersection, our efforts will be worthwhile,” said Kyle Jennett, member of the team that presented the programs to the Creston area youths.