Making Multi-Year Bike Education part of School Curriculum
Starting in the fall of 2016, Green Action Centre, Manitoba Public Insurance, Bike Winnipeg, and the WRENCH collaborated to pilot the first multi-year Bike Education (named BEST-Bike Education and Skills Training) program that is part of school physical ed curriculum. This is a first of it's kind program for Canada, and is far more than the "playground and pylon" approach that is widely employed in other school bike education programs. This program has students ride in real world conditions on roadways with traffic present, learning proper lane positioning and signalling, eventually graduating to riding multi lane roadways in the upper grades. We will talk about the success and challenges of this program after year 1, the incredible demand for expansion from other divisions and provinces in Canada, and will share our experiences as well as learn from others who have lead similar programs.
Youth bike programs - retention rates & keeping it fun