Kids CAN-BIKE

The Kids CAN-BIKE course is taught in a variety of formats, but the same material is taught in each course. Here is the basic outline. Material taught is appropriate to the ability and needs of students. This course is accredited by the Canadian Cycling Association.
 
Objective:
 
Young cyclists aged 9 to 13 learn to ride safely on residential streets.
 

Classroom:

  • 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.
  • Videos - Bicycle Safety Camp, Gearing Up 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.

Upon completion, participants receive a CAN-BIKE certificate card.