XENIA — The Greene County Parks and Trails Bike Camp for kids age 10-14 wrapped up its week-long session Friday. The camp, which met daily last week at Xenia Station, teaches safety and trail-riding skills.
“We teach them how to stop, how to start, how to scan over their shoulder to see if there’s anybody coming up behind us, people coming in front of us,” said Richard Tool, the camp’s main instructor. “How to make a quick stop. How to avoid hitting somebody. How to brake quickly. A lot of it is just honing your riding skills.”
Each day at the camp, children advanced through safety drills before heading out on one of the county bike trails. The first two days of the camp alone saw the kids ride 28 miles.
Tool said the camp mainly covers safety factors.
“You see the amount of children that ride right out into traffic – they have nothing but dark clothes on,” he said. “They know how to ride a bicycle and that’s all. And how many have we had killed over time? And this is to hopefully prevent some of that.”
The camp is held each summer in June.