Bike Smart for Kids
One of the main stumbling blocks for running bike skills programs for a large group of children is a lack of access to bikes and other equipment. Local Motion has recognized that most organizations do not have the resources to provide meaningful bike skills instruction, and through the support of many partners* has developed the Bike Smart Program.
The Bike Smart program provides organizations with a 20’ trailer with 30+ kids’ bikes (in a full range of sizes), training materials, helmets, tools, support; everything an instructor would need to teach children how to be confident, competent bicycle riders. Bike Smart is based on a game-rich bike skills curriculum developed by Local Motion and the Center for Health and Learning.
Bike Smart is FREE to any Vermont organization that serves children in grades k-8 (aside from a nominal delivery fee). Local Motion will deliver the trailer to your organization, and leave it on-site for one to two weeks. We also offer a steadily growing range of adaptive bicycles to allow children with disabilities to participate.
Want to request the trailer for your school? Sign up early! Spots fill up fast! You can sign up for this year, the summer and next year at the links below:
*Partners: Kohl’s Cares, Vermont Children’s Hospital, VTrans and Governor’s Highway Safety Program
Local Motion uses the "balance bike" method to help kids lose the training wheels and learn to ride in just a few hours. Here is a video from Bike New York about how this method works and why it is so effective:
For more information about how the balance bike method works, and how to teach your own children how to ride using this method, go to our Balance Bike page.
We have an upcoming class on Saturday June 11th, 2016 at Leddy Park in Burlington (216 Leddy Park Rd).
10:00-11:00 ages: 3-5
12:00-1:00 ages: 5-7
2:00-3:00 ages: 7 and older
Free to Local Motion Members!
Non-Local Motion Members:
$20 per family if you have pre-registered (using the form below)
$40 per family on the day of the event.
Thank you, SkiRack, for making this Learn to Ride class possible!
Please complete the form below to register.
Bike Smart educators! Please use this space to ask each other (and us) questions about the Bike Smart program. If you have a knotty problem you're trying to solve, (for example: finding volunteers, or re-packing the trailer, or running a Bike Smart module with a large group of children, etc) ask it here.