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Core Cycling Skills for kids

Objective:

Did you know that all cyclists 14 and older are prohibited from riding on the sidewalk? Young cyclists aged 9 to 15 learn to ride safely on residential streets. 

Course outline:

Theory:

  • Traffic dynamics - rules of the road, entering the street, driveways, straight riding, position from the curb, riding beside parked cars, intersections, signs and signal lights, right and left turns, streetcar/railway tracks, walk at crossovers, sidewalk riding, bike trails, fun quiz.
  • Picking your route - choosing a safe route and planning.
  • Possible videos - Bicycle Safety Camp or A Kids' Eye View

Outdoors/Indoors:

  • Safety equipment - helmets, reasons to wear helmets, helmet fit, additional equipment.
  • Bicycle - how bikes work, equipment (visible/audible/clothing), bike fit, ABCD Bike Check, bike security, bike parts, bike mainenance and care.

On Road:

  • Group riding - cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
  • Handling skills - getting on and off the bike, straight line riding, shoulder check, signalling, quick stop, rock dodge, slalom, gearing, turning.
  • Riding on residential streets/bike hike - yield before entering the street, driveways, position from curb, parked cars, intersections, stops (two-way and all-way), right of way, pedestrians, right turns, left turns, T-intersection, pedestrian style turns, traffic lights*, crossing tracks*, crosswalks, right turn only lane*, bridges and underpasses.**As appropriate to students' skill level and availability of teaching locations in local neighbourhoods.

Course structure: 

  • Course length: 9 hours.
  • Maximum 6 participants per Instructor.
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. 
  • 2017 cost: $125/participant.

 

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed prior to the first day.

This is a multi-day course; all sessions must be attended in full. All participants are required to provide their own properly fitting bike in good working condition, and current (less than 5 years old) certified bike helmet. Course runs rain or shine; be prepared for the weather! 

 

Read testimonials from previous participants here

 

2017 schedule under development. Please email if you would like to attend this course in 2017.