Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 19, 2013
A free online game at the BikeTexas website teaches kids basic bicycle safety.
Jenny’s Neighborhood, developed by BikeTexas, Planet Texas Studio and the Texas Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to Schools program, reminds kids to look both ways and signal their movements.
It’s sort of like playing Frogger. Using the arrow keys on a computer keyboard, a player directs a cyclist down a road, dodging balls, logs and trash cans. (Maybe they should toss in broken bottles, to make it more realistic.) Players can’t proceed through an intersection until they direct their cyclist to look both ways. The whole game is timed, to see how far each cyclist can get in a minute.
The game targets fourth to sixth graders, the age at which many kids move beyond the sidewalk.
Access the game free at BikeTexas.org/Game.