Biking, math pair in growing IPS program

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WEST SIDE — A local program that gets kids biking in a new way is expanding in Indianapolis Public Schools.

Kids Riding Bikes, created by nonprofit Nine 13 Sports, gives students the chance to ride stationary bikes while seeing their progress in real-time on a screen in front of them.

Regions Banks paired with the Kids Riding Bikes program, allowing it to expand into mores schools, including Gambold Prep.

The new partnership also takes the students’ stats during their bike rides and adds it to their math classes, allowing them to study real-world examples.

“It has the TV element. They can see right before them how hard they’re working, (which) sometimes they don’t realize in my class,” PE teacher Matt Shirk said.

The five-week program is integrated into students’ physical education curriculum.

“The bikes were a good exercise and the program made me really want to ride bikes more,” student Alexis Zarco said.

In fact, the Gambold Prep students will take their biking experience out into the real world next month, when they spend a daylong biking trip in the community.

For more information on the Kids Riding Bikes program, visit the Nine 13 Sports link here.