Teaching Children How to Ride Bicycles
On a sunny, spring day, a group of children, four to seven-years-old, sit on their bicycles. They wear helmets to protect their heads and gloves to protect their hands. Their mothers, standing nearby, watch them closely.
The children are ready to learn how to ride.
Rachel Varn still remembers how she felt riding a bicycle for the first time. She says, "It's probably the biggest confidence booster. It gives kids such a sense of independence and agency."
Now, her job is helping children experience that moment.
Basics of biking
Rachel Varn left her job of selling bicycles to become a trainer for bicycle riding last year. She founded Pedal Power Kids to teach bicycle education.
Before starting a ride, she teaches the children how to make sure the bicycles are in good condition for safe use. She calls it "the ABC quick check."
"A" is for air, she explains. "We have to check our tires before we ride. B is for brakes. We want to make sure our brakes work before we find ourselves on the top of a hill about to go down. And C is for chain."
She says the chain must be clean.
The rest of the training is more fun. The children learn riding skills, from balance and pedaling to turning, starting and stopping. And they learn to keep their eyes up and look ahead while riding.
Varn says many children struggle to do this. They look down at the pedals instead.
She adds, "Obviously that doesn't allow them to see what's going on around them, and it also doesn't allow them to turn properly."
Varn says watching where you are going helps you turn easier.
Biking changes lives
Learning to ride a bicycle can open a whole new world to children. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and freedom. They become more sensitive to their surroundings and better able to make safe, smart decisions going from one place to another.
Varn's goal is to get more children on two wheels. She says, "That's really a great way for kids to be active and develop healthy habits. It helps reduce pollution and just keep families and communities connected."
Since starting Pedal Power Kids last year, Varn has helped around 250 new riders.
Julia Roeling had neither the time nor the confidence to teach her children how to ride. She signed up two of her three children in Van's bicycling class.
Varn gets the kids moving, Roeling says.
"Now, they can do it safely. And they know how to get around the community and stop at the stop signs and be together on their bikes."
Roeling says riding bicycles is a great activity for children. They spend the time outside instead of playing video games all day.
The children in the classes are happy and excited about their experiences. They have fun riding with their friends. They give names to their bikes. And they enjoy doing the ABC quick check for safety.
Varn observes, "We probably wouldn't be playing lacrosse when we're 75 or 89, but we certainly can be riding a bike!"
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.get around 四处走走
Don't let a word of this get around.
2.instead of 代替
Why don't you play football instead of just looking on?
3.sign up 报名参加
Can I sign up for this course in advance?
4.look down 俯视
Don't look down on the role women can play.
5.Rachel Varn still remembers how she felt riding a bicycle for the first time.
for the first time 第一次
The airport road is passable today for the first time in a week.
Naturally, you were keyed up when you went on the platform for the first time.
6.Before starting a ride, she teaches the children how to make sure the bicycles are in good condition for safe use.
in good condition 状况良好
The two-bedroom chalet is in good condition.
The goods have arrived in good condition.
在一个阳光明媚的春日，一群四到七岁的孩子骑着自行车出门 。他们戴着头盔保护头部，戴着手套保护双手 。母亲们站在一侧，细心地照看着 。
雷切尔·瓦伦（Rachel Varn）还记得第一次骑自行车的心情 。她说：“这可能是树立信心最有力的助推器 。它会给孩子一种独立和自我主导感 。”
去年，雷切尔·瓦伦（Rachel Varn）辞去了自行车销售的工作，成为一名自行车教练 。她创办了“踏板力量儿童”(Pedal Power Kids)组织，教授自行车教育 。
在开始骑车前，她教孩子们如何确保自行车处于安全使用的良好状态 。她称之为“ABC快速检查法” 。
“A”代表空气，她解释道 。“必须在骑车前检查轮胎（是否有气） 。“B”代表刹车 。在发现自己处于快要下坡的山顶之前，我们要确保刹车能够正常工作 。“C”代表车链子 。”
接下来的训练更有趣 。孩子们要学习骑车的技巧，从掌握平衡和蹬车再到转弯，骑行和刹车 。他们还学会了骑车时要抬头目视前方 。
瓦伦表示，许多孩子很难做到这一点 。他们会低头看着脚踏板 。
学习骑自行车能够为孩子们打开一个全新的世界 。骑车给他们一种成就感和自由感 。孩子们对周遭环境变得更加敏感，能够更好地从不同环境做出安全、明智的决定 。
瓦伦的目标是让更多孩子学会骑自行车 。她说：“对孩子们来说，骑车真的是一种很好的方式，能够让他们活跃身心，培养健康的习惯 。骑自行车有助于减少污染，促进家庭与社区的联系 。”
朱莉娅·罗林（Julia Roeling）没有时间也没有信心教孩子学习骑车 。她为三个孩子中的其中两个报名了瓦伦的自行车课程 。
“现在，他们可以安全地骑车了 。他们学会了如何在社区里骑行，在停车标志前刹车，以及群体结伴骑行 。”
罗林表示，骑自行车对孩子们来说是一项有益的活动 。他们可以花时间进行户外活动而不是整天玩电子游戏 。
学骑车的孩子们对这段经历感到高兴、兴奋 。他们和朋友们一起骑行十分开心 。他们给自行车起了名字 。他们也喜欢进行“ABC快速安全检查” 。