to start your
Read and Ride program
There are 2 ways to
Ride program at
do you get enough exercise bikes?
- Send a flyer home with
your students. (Example)
a phone message to all parents requesting any unused exercise bikes,
stands and magazines to be donated to your school. You will get more
offers if you can pick up the bikes and bring them to school.
a listing on Craigslist.org
the people in the local newspaper or Craigslist who are attempting to
sell their exercise bikes and ask if they would consider donating it
to your school as a taxable donation. If not, contact local
might purchase the used exercise bikes so they can put a sticker on the
bike saying that they donated it. (Daycares, dentists, chiropractors,
children clothing stores, skating rinks, arcades, consignment shops,
and Tae Kwon Do
centers are excellent businesses to contact.)
local newsaper, radio and television stations. This is such a positive
program, they will be eager to be affiliated with your success. (Sample
parents to email their friends on their social networking sites to
spread the word to help your school collect the exercise bikes.
(Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.)
parents and staff to include a listing in their church, synogogue or
- Be sure to put a
card on each exercise bike to recognize the donors for their
are some magazines to request?
Geographic for Kids
Illustrated for Kids
Life For Kids
can we get book stands for the exercise bikes?
easiest way is to get music stands to hold the books in front of the
bikes. Your local high school might have some to donate. (Example)
ask parents, grandparents or the local vocational/technical school if
they will adopt your program as a special project to make individual
book stands for each bike. They will need to borrow the exercise bikes
customize each book stand. (Examples)
rules should we use?
- No talking while
the exercise bikes so others can read.
- Let the
teacher know if anything breaks so he/she can take care of it.
to and from the exercise bikes in a calm and controlled manner.
you want to ride the same bike as someone else, simply do
"Rock-Paper-Scissors" to resolve the problem. Being the first person to
the bike does not guarantee that you get to ride it, so walk slowly.
magazines back in their trays and throw away any inserts or loose pages
in the trash can.
in control of yourself at all times. Leave the adjustments alone and
pedal on the
medium setting. Don't adjust the bikes to the easiest setting and pedal
too fast, you could get hurt and it makes it too difficult to read and
ride at that pace.
- Initially, everyone
has one minute
to decide which exercise bike they want to ride. After that time, no
one is allowed to switch bikes. You must choose one that you can
comfortably ride and read at the same time.
- Feel free to download
this sample set of rules
your Read and Ride room.
- Since exercise bikes
mostly made for adults, you
will probably need to drill extra holes in the seat posts to better
riding the exercise bikes at a lower height. Adjust some seats for
younger children and
others for older children. This will help children know which bikes
they can comfortably ride and
plenty of photos of classes and teachers who participate so they can
use for their class newsletters, bulletin boards, websites and
any new program, it is important to provide structure and have patience
while the students learn the rules and expectations.
students will be very excited to ride the bikes and many will want to
see how fast they can pedal. Some teachers might be apprehensive of
trying something new, especially when their students might not be
successful initially. It is important to review the rules and
expectations, as well as to reward the students who obey the
rules. When students do not obey the rules, they should have
consequences like sitting out while others participate.
a competition to see which class
gets to be the
first class to use the Read and Ride room. You might see which class
can come up with the most words from the letters KIDSREADANDRIDE. (Sample)
a small note on each bike to acknowledge who donated it. Some people
to list that the bike is in memory or honor of someone special. Also,
you might want to post a list on the wall of all the donors.
a locked toolbox in the room. It is recommended
to include a
pair of pliers, a set of Allen's wrenches, an adjustable wrench,
screwdrivers, Superglue, needlenose pliers, and duct tape.
a roll of clear tape and several laminated "Out of Order" signs for
teachers to put on exercise bikes if a seat gets loose, a
falls off, handlebar gets loose, or any bikes needs to be repaired.
one of the local bike shops to be a partner. They can be invaluable
when repairs beyond your scope of expertise are necessary. They are
usually willing to help. Offer to post one of their signs or banners in
the Read and Ride room to thank them for their partnership.
each donor a letter on your school stationary thanking them
donating their exercise bike and declaring that it is a taxable
donation for their tax purposes.
- If your school
starts a Read and Ride
program, please email
Scott Ertl if you need any
help or need suggestions. We would love to feature your school
our website! Just let us know.