Mission Statement

Cycling Into The Future promotes the love of biking among Grade 5 and 6 students. We believe that cycling makes our world a better place.  It can improve our personal lives, enhance our communities and protect our earth.  Through a series of challenges, we seek to build knowledge, skill and confidence in our students, so they can become safe and enthusiastic cyclists. 

Modules

Cycling Into The Future consists of 6 modules. Each module involves approximately 1 hour of instruction. Here is a summary of each module, the kinds of things that will be covered in the instruction, and important information about time, location, groupings and needs.



Time:
75 minutes
Location: large indoor space
Group: whole class
Needs: data projector, computer for individuals or pairs of students on Kahoot

Module 1: Rules & Safety 
The Rules & Safety presentation takes place in the classroom, library or gym, with a Powerpoint presentation.  This presentation includes sections on bikes and the law, riding safely on the road, and how to look out for trouble spots.  Using a simulated intersection in the classroom, we will also explore the concept of right-of-way. The session ends with an on-line Kahoot to consolidate some of the things learned.



Time:
15-30 minutes
Location: school yard
Group: small groups
Needs: class list

Module 2: Bike Tune-Up Clinic
The Bike Tune-Up Clinic includes instruction on fitting helmets and inflating tires.  Then students take their bikes to a bike mechanic/technician for a tune-up (simple adjustments and repairs).
* Student Bikes Needed



Time:
60 minutes
Location: school yard
Group: whole class
Needs: pair students

Module 3: Tire Repair
In the Tire Repair session, students watch a demonstration and then work in pairs to repair a flat tire.



Time:
60 minutes
Location: school yard
Group: whole class
Needs: book schoolyard

Module 4: Rodeo Riding 
In the Rodeo Riding session, students work through a series of activities on the school yard that help them develop control of their bikes (balance, turning, stopping, starting) and skills that are important for riding on the road (shoulder checking, signaling, stopping). * Student Bikes Needed



Time:
75 minutes
Location: local streets
Group: whole class
Needs: emergency contact

Module 5: Road Training
In the Road Training session, students work in small groups with instructors to practise riding on the road.  Students will be instructed on how to choose appropriate routes, think defensively and ride safely on residential streets. * Student Bikes Needed



Time:
60 minutes
Location: classroom
Group: whole class
Needs: pencils, other art supplies, 11x17 paper, computer for each student

Module 6: Assessment
In the online Assessment module, students write a test that reflects their knowledge of various parts of the bike-training course.  They also complete a self-evaluation that helps them to think about their strengths and challenges as cyclists. They also do a course evaluation and have the option of creating a poster to promote bicycle safety. Early finishers may start a poster-making or writing project about cycling.


Responsibilities

Cycling Into The Future Coordinators
schedule and coordinate all aspects of course
be an on-site presence during all aspects of course
help provide access to bikes and helmets for students who cannot afford them
provide teachers, students and parents with checklists of skills addressed in the course
respond to questions and needs, as they arise

School Principal
approve course for use in school
provide appropriate permission forms
decide on model for generation of registration fees
provide financial assistance for student registration fees, when appropriate

Classroom Teacher
work with coordinator to schedule course
monitor or collect permission slips and registration fees
encourage and monitor student participation
help kids get what they need to participate (e.g., bikes, helmets)
help students review rules and safety information from MTO’s Young Cyclist Guide
be present at events
photocopy, or provide access to photocopying of classroom materials
assess student achievement

Student
participate actively in all aspects of course
inform teacher about special needs ahead of time (e.g., can’t ride, doesn’t have bike, etc.)
complete written test and self-evaluation

Parent/Guardian
sign permission slip for child’s participation
assist, where appropriate, with payment of registration fees
support child in getting bike to school on designated days
volunteer, if interested, in various modules
review skills checklist and discuss appropriate travel plans with child