Bike Education & Skills Training
Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is a regional bike skills initiative that works with a range of partners across Vermont to get kids in grades K through 8 riding their bikes with style and confidence. Kohl's Kids Bike Smart trainings and camps all use a games-based curriculum developed by Local Motion and the Center for Health and Learning.
Participants all have the opportunity to practice their cycling skills under the supervision of a trained instructor. Bikes and helmets are provided for the duration of the training to all children who need them.
Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is a partnership between the Kohl's Cares program. and the Vermont Children's Hospital, with funding provided by Kohl's Department Stores. Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is powered by Local Motion, Northwest Vermont's walk-bike advocates, under contract with the Vermont Children's Hospital.
SUMMER CAMPS AND TRAININGS
Kohl's Kids Bike Smart works with municipal parks and recreation departments to offer bike skills camps and trainings as part of towns' summer camp schedule. The Kohl's Kids Bike Smart trailer is available at no charge to summer camps that want to incorporate bike skills training into their programming. We offer training to camp staff for a modest fee.
If you are a summer camp, and want to request the trailer for a week of camp, go to our 2014 Summer Camp Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Request Form
In addition to conducting trainings directly, Kohl's Kids Bike Smart also loans bike skills training equipment -- a secure trailer with 45 kids' bikes and all needed equipment -- to PE teachers and after-school programs at no cost (other than a nominal delivery fee). Kohl's Kids Bike Smart works with partners in schools to get them up to speed on our curriculum and help them plan out a series of trainings that fit their needs.
To learn more about requesting the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart trailer for your school, visit our Loaner Program page.
We have opened up requests for FALL and SPRING of the 2014-2015 school year. To sign up for next year, go to our Fall and Spring 2014-2015 Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Trailer Request form.
RESOURCES AND CURRICULA
Local Motion offers free copies of a booklet entitled "A Parent's Guide to Safe Bicycling Essentials" to schools, camps, afterschool programs, or any other organization that wants to distribute them. This 24-page guide covers everything a parent needs to know to help their child enjoy bicycling safely, from how to fit a helmet to how to navigate traffic.
You can also download a PDF version of the Parent's Guide here.
Local Motion has also developeda user-friendly curriculum guide for teaching bike skills in collaboration with the Center for Health and Learning. This is the curriculum that we use for our own trainings, and we provide every school that borrows our trailer with bound copies for their own use.