On Saturday June 2, the Watch the Road team led it’s first “Build a Bike” workshop at Normandie Elementary. With the collaborative support of the school officials, DOT staff, Tana Ball with Yes Sports, and Primo’s Bike Shop, fourteen students with their parents had the opportunity to assemble fourteen bicycles donated to the school as part of the Safe Routes to School program. The students were selected to participate in the program in recognition for their excellent attendance throughout the school year. The Build a Bike workshop not only supports their excellent achievement, but provides both the parents and students the chance to assemble the bikes and encourage them to ride safely. To insure each of the bikes were properly assembled, a representative of a local bike shop inspected each bike
Students were recognized the following Monday at an assembly in front of the entire school where they were given the new bicycles, helmets, and reflectors. Normandie Principal, Dr. Ortiz, addressed the students, emphasizing the importance of school attendance, and living a safe and healthy lifestyle. LADOT traffic officers attended the assembly, and taught students the rules of the road, and the way to properly wear a helmet. Normandie’s coordinators helped to make this a beneficial and memorable event, which the Watch the Road team looks forward to participating in the future.