Learn what you must do in order to ride your bike to school. Lake Washington School policy only allows grades 4th and 5th to ride bikes to school. Please download the form at the bottom of the page if you wish your child to ride his/her bike to school.
Bike Safety Program for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students
Bike riders are responsible for following these rules. Students who violate these rules risk the suspension or loss of their bike riding privileges.
- All bikes must be parked in the bike rack.
- All bikes must be walked on and off the school grounds. Bike riding is not permitted on the school grounds during school hours.
- Bike riders must always walk their bikes only on the sidewalks surrounding the school.
- Every bike must have a lock. This is the best means of preventing someone from riding your bike. You must have your own lock and not share with a friend.
- Every rider must wear an approved safety helmet when riding to and from school.
- Bike riders shall use all hand signals employed by the driver of a car. (Applicant should learn these if he/she does not know them.)
- Keep to the right and ride in a single file. Keep a safe distance behind all vehicles.
- Look out for cars pulling out into traffic. Keep a sharp lookout for sudden opening of car doors.
- Never hitch on other vehicles, “stunt” or race in traffic. Never ride two on a bike.
- Ride in a straight line. Do not weave in our out of traffic or swerve from side to side.
- Slow down at all street intersections and look to the right and to the left before crossing. Stop at Stop signs! At all intersections where school patrol is present, you must dismount and cross in the crosswalk, pushing your bike as a pedestrian.
- Both hands should be used in steering the bike except when using one hand for signaling.
- Be sure your brakes are operating efficiently and keep your bike in perfect running condition.
- Give pedestrians the right of way. Since pedestrians and bikes share the trail and some other paths, some special care must be taken as the walkers have the right of way.
- Private property must always be respected.