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Bicycle Rules

BICYCLE SAFETY

Please take note of the Alta Vista Bicycle Rules below and the "Rules of the Road," which outline rules for riding on the street and sidewalk. Our bicycle rules are strict because we care about the safety of students. Remember that riding to school is a privilege. Students may lose the privilege for riding a bicycle to school if the rules are not followed.

BICYCLE RULES

1. Students in Grades 4 - 5 only may ride bikes/scooters to Alta Vista School, but must have signed a bicycle contract to do so. The bicycle contract is available in PDF format on the left side-bar menu. Please sign and return the contract to your child's teacher.

2. Students younger than 4th grade may ride to school when accompanied by an adult.

3. Bikes must be licensed and bike riders MUST wear safety helmets for their own protection.

4. Bicycles must be walked on sidewalks around the school and inside the school grounds. We have a NO WHEELS rule inside the school grounds, meaning NO bikes, skateboards, scooters or other wheels may be ridden on campus grounds during school hours.

5. Bicycles must be parked in one of the bicycle racks located inside the school grounds by Room 21. Due to space and fire codes we discourage scooters being kept in the classrooms, however, at this time it is up to individual teacher discretion. Alta Vista is not responsible for lost or stolen items brought to school.

6. No motorized bicycles or skateboards are to be ridden to school. Motorized bicycles/scooters are not allowed on the school grounds at any time.

7. Bicycles and scooters may be ridden on the blacktop area after 3:30 pm on school days, but not before school.

Bicycle Safety “Rules of the Road”

1. Rules for Riding on the Street:
  • Always ride on the right hand side (same direction as traffic).
  • Obey traffic laws, including all the traffic signs and signals.
  • Ride predictably—ride in a straight line, don’t weave in and out of traffic.
  • Look before turning - use hand signals when turning.
  • Watch for vehicles going in and out of driveways.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.
  • Always stop and walk your bicycle across the street. Use a crosswalk if available. Look left, right, left, and behind you for traffic.

2. Rules for Riding on the Sidewalk:
  • When riding on a sidewalk -- Go SLOW!
  • Watch for cars coming out of driveways and realize they may not see you.
  • Pedestrians always have the right away. Be courteous and show respect for the people walking on the sidewalk.
  • If you come up behind people walking, be very polite and wait for a good time to ask them to let you pass.
  • If you cannot pass safely, then get off your bike and walk your bike around the pedestrians.
  • Always stop and walk your bicycle across the street. Use a crosswalk if available. Look left, right, left, and behind you for traffic.