Bike to School Week events can take place inside or outside the classroom. They can involve the entire student population, students and staff already riding to school, or those most likely to start. Scroll down to find ideas and guidance, as well as supports specific to your region or school board.
Promoting the benefits of biking and active transportation
Many schools recognize Bike to School Week with announcements, displays, and artistic activities. You can find facts and ideas in the School Travel Infographics published by Metrolinx and available here. Peel District School Board has produced several relevant videos including Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility, Get Fit! and Academic Benefits.
You may also download ourEvent Posters to promote cycling in general or to promote your school event.
Celebrating students who bike
School staff and volunteers can welcome students who bike during Bike to School Week with healthy snacks or other incentives. Students can use ourTrip Tracking Poster and stickers to record their trips to school.
Safety activities in the classroom
Ontario’s Road Safety Resource, developed by Ophea and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, includes cycling-related lesson plans for the classroom and Community Engagement Toolkits for larger activities with students (grades K-12).
The Guide to Ride, created by PHE Canada, includes 10 lesson plans for use in a classroom setting (grades 4-6).
The Young Cyclist’s Guide is a kid-friendly handbook book of cycling safety tips and rules for young riders, published by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Parachute Canada, a national charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries, has produced many resources relevant to cycling, including a video and bookmark-sized illustration about helmet fit, and a one page handout about cycling safety aimed at parents and guardians.
Toronto Public Health provides guidance on choosing and fitting a helmet, a video, and a link to a 11” x 17” poster.
Note: many educators find it useful to practice helmet fit in the classroom prior to outdoor activities on bicycles.
Safety and skills activities in the schoolyard
A Bike Rodeo is a bicycle skills event. The Peel Safe and Active Routes to School Committee has published a Bicycle Rodeo Community Kit to support these events in schools and other community venues, available from Peel Regional Police.
Tips for Organizing Successful Bike Rodeos is a publication of Green Communities Canada.
The Kids CAN-BIKE Festival introduces young children to key bike handling skills needed to ride safely on the road. Teaching is carried out by certified instructors. The Festival is the first step in the Cycling Canada CAN-BIKE Program. Contact Andy Wilson at Cycling Canada to find an instructor:
firstname.lastname@example.org. 613-248-1353 x2606.
The 10 Step Handbook for High School Bike Projects, published by Region of Peel, helps high school students, teachers, and community members work together to get more young people riding bikes to school and for everyday transportation.
The Making Tracks program provides safety and skills Leader training in five modes of active transportation: Cycling, Walking Safety, Skateboarding (Skate Pass), Scootering and In-line Skating.
Note: teachers must verify that any external service providers are approved to present in schools by their respective boards of education.
Active & Safe Routes to School is an international movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness, led in Canada by Green Communities Canada. The School Travel Planning Toolkit is a comprehensive resource.
Visit biketoschoolweek.ca to register your school and join the celebration!