BikeSafe Program History and Research:
The BikeSafe Program was created in 2009 to counteract the high rate of bicyclist-hit-by-car (BHBC) incidents for children aged 10-14 in Miami-Dade County. With the assistance from community partners and experience from WalkSafe, our sister program, , BikeSafe was developed to provide bicycle safety education to the community in hopes of reducing BHBCs.
BikeSafe first piloted its newly developed educational materials in Spring 2010 at Belafonte Tacolcy Center. After the success of this pilot, the BikeSafe curriculum was modified further for use in Physical Education classrooms in Miami-Dade County Middle Schools. This curriculum consists of four (4) off-bike lessons and an optional on-bike lesson.
The first implementation in middle schools occurred in the 2011-2012 school year where it was piloted with 4 Middle Schools and reached over 2,500 children. In the 2012-2013 school year the curriculum was evaluated and found to be effective at improving children’s bicycle safety knowledge making this an evidence-based curriculum. Since then, BikeSafe has facilitated trainings and implementation in 48 Middle Schools and K-8 Centers educating over 9,000 children.
The BikeSafe Curriculum was later adapted for use in Miami-Dade County (M-DC) Parks and Recreation's spring and summer camps. The BikeSafe Parks Curriculum is a one day, 3-hour program that features both on and off-bike lessons, allowing children the opportunity for hands-on practice with the bike safety fundamentals taught in the curriculum. The BikeSafe Parks Curriculum has reached 1,890 children through 55 camp sessions teaching bicycle safety and has provided some children with their first experience riding a bike.