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Cycling Education Programs

Schools can now apply to have a skills-based cycling education program presented at their school, free of charge.

What is the timeframe?

February 28th Deadline to submit application
March Schools are notified
April – June Programs are delivered

 

All schools are eligible to apply. Schools that did not receive an EcoSchools Cycling Education Program during the previous school year will be given priority in the selection process. All other schools will be selected based on a lottery. CultureLink can also provide programs on a fee-for-service basis. Contact cycling@culturelink.ca for details.

The following is a list of programs available to schools during the spring of 2020.

Please Note: to accommodate as many schools as possible, we are only able to offer one free program to each selected elementary school. Secondary schools can select up to two Cycling Education Programs.

 

Elementary and Middle School Programs:

Program Description Program Length Audience Staff/volunteers required* Bikes required?
Instructional Day
A. Walk and Roll Rodeo
 

Four instructors deliver an outdoor road safety activity organized in six stations: Helmet fit; ABC Check (bicycles and scooters); Signals and Signs; Intersections and Crossing the Street; Awareness and Sidewalk Etiquette; Group Walk and Roll.

A signed Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion Form is required for all students participating in this program. It is the responsibility of the school to collect this form prior to program delivery.

150 min. Gr. 3 or 5
69 – 138 students
1 adult: 23 students No.
B. Bike Rodeo

Four instructors deliver an outdoor riding skills and safety activity organized in six stations. Extra helmets and all signage will be provided.

A signed Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion Form is required for all students participating in this program. It is the responsibility of the school to collect this form prior to program delivery.

150 min. Gr. 4 or 5
69 – 138 students
1 adult: 23 students Yes.

Students should be encouraged to bring bicycles where possible.

Schools may borrow a fleet of up to 69 bikes, with the cost of transporting them borne by the school.
C. Ready to Ride: Fun and Safety Cycling Assembly

Two instructors present a cycling-focused assembly. During a typical half day, three assemblies can be presented. The school must be able to provide a laptop (with PowerPoint) and a projector with speakers.

25-35 min. Gr. K - 8 Whole school 1 per class No
D. ABC Bicycle Safety Check Workshop Two instructors present a workshop introducing the ABCs (Air, Brakes, Chain) of bike maintenance and repairs. All tools and some consumables (tubes, cables, etc.) are provided by the instructors. During a typical half day, three workshops can be delivered. 25-35 min. Gr. 4 – 8 2 – 6 classes 1 per class Optional

Students may bring bicycles in order to practice the skills in class.

 

Secondary School Programs:

Program Description Program Length Audience Staff/volunteers required* Bikes required?
A. Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling Workshop

Two instructors present classroom workshops, with interactive elements, about cycling rules, safety tips and bike maintenance. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented. The school must be able to provide a laptop with PowerPoint and a projector.

50 - 75 min. 1-2 classes 1 – 2 (depending on # of classes/students) No
B. Riding Skills Workshop

Two instructors present an outdoor workshop covering starting and braking, steering, shoulder checking, signalling, and group riding protocol. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented; the workshop can also be presented after school as an extracurricular activity. Presenters provide extra helmets.

Students must attend a Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling workshop prior to participating in the Riding Skills Workshop. Together, these workshops meet OPHEA requirements for preparation for student bike excursions off school property.

75 min. 1-2 classes or after school. If teachers wish to present this after-school we will ask for details about the promotional plan prior to confirming the program. 1 – 2 (depending on # of classes/ students) Yes

Students should be encouraged to bring bicycles where possible.

Schools may borrow a fleet of 33 bikes, with the cost of transporting them borne by the school.
C. ABC Bike Safety Check Workshop
Two instructors present a workshop introducing the ABCs (Air, Brakes, Chain) of bike maintenance. All tools and some consumables (tubes, cables, etc.) are provided by the mechanic. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented.
50 - 75 min. 1-2 classes or during lunch period. Note: after-school sessions have not been well-attended. 1 – 2 (depending on # of students) Optional.

Students may bring bicycles in order to practice the skills in class

*Schools must commit to providing the designated number of staff/school volunteers to assist with program delivery

**The Ready to Ride workshop, Riding Skills workshop, and an advanced Riding Skills workshop (which can include an excursion off school property) can be bundled into a five-day curriculum-linked program for Grade 9 H&PE, provided by CultureLink on a fee-for-service basis. Contact cycling@culturelink.ca for details.

After you have read all of the information, please complete the google application form and submit it by February 28th. If your school was not successful and you would like feedback on your application please contact Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca.

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