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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: 8-15 hours.
  • Maximum 6 participants per Instructor.
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Minimum age: 9 years (no exceptions).
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. 

 

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed by each participant prior to the first day (except camps).

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! 

 

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Regular courses (have online learning requirement): 

There are no up-coming events
 

2019 Summer camps:
These camps do NOT have an online learning component: all material is delivered in person during the course. Everything else remains the same as a non-camp course.