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Bike Psych

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students will focus on the benefits of bicycles as a form of sustainable transportation. After examining how much energy is used by the vehicles that typically transport us from one place to another, students learn about the way they can use their own pedal power to ease demand on fossil fuels and combat climate change. Students will map out safe bicycling routes to and from school to serve as a resource for the entire school community.

  • Students will identify the benefits of using bikes as opposed to gas-powered vehicles. 
  • Students will discuss guidelines for safe bicycling. 
  • Students will research different bike route maps and then create their own. 
  • Students will assess the sustainability of bicycling as a form of transportation.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Bike Psych Classroom Presentation 
  • Bike Psych Handout (one copy for every student) 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Drawing paper (one piece for every two students)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF) on behalf of Amtrak
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Bike Psych Handout.pdf
Tags for searching:
Amtrak , transportation
Located in: Science | Creativity | Health

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