Bike Smart

Local Motion's Bike Smart program is a complete bike skill education program for children ages 5 and up.  Bike Smart is based on a game-rich bike skills curriculum developed by Local Motion and the Center for Health and Learning and is made possible by a fleet of FOUR 20' trailers: each equipped with everything an instructor would need to teach children how to be confident competent bicycle riders.

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Each Bike Smart trailer includes 30+ kids' bikes (in a full range of sizes), training materials, helmets (including helmet disinfectant), tools, and safety handouts for families. Each trailer is delivered to the program site for one to two weeks (depending on the size of the group). The instructors run the program, utilizing the trailers bikes to their fullest--at recess or in after-school programs, or even as a break for a student overwhelmed by class. Many culminate their loan with an on-bike field trip, where students can practice their newly learned bike skills!  Instructors are supported by curriculum training, and by our Bike Smart staff, who are available to answer questions or solve issues with the trailers.

Bike Smart is in its seventh year of operation, and over the lifetime of this program, we have served 31,579 children, with 148,713 hours of training in 178 programs.  Bike smart has gone to 60 towns, and 73 schools and camps in all 14 Vermont Counties!

We have recently expanded our operations to four trailers!  (Want to support our newly expanded program? Donate here! We rely on your support to continue providing this extraordinary program to Vermont children).

We clearly think the Bike Smart Program is fantastic, otherwise, we wouldn't work so hard to bring it to schools, after-school programs, and camps across the state. But don't take our word for it...Check out these testimonials!


Where is Bike Smart in Vermont?

Bike Smart FAQS

The Trailers

Who can have a trailer?

A trailer is available for any Vermont organization that serves at least 25 children in grades k-8 (we can sometimes accommodate small high school groups).  You must be able to use the trailer for at least one full week and be trained in the Bike Smart Curriculum.  

 

Who can have a trailer?

In order to keep the costs down for this program, there is a prorated fee to help cover programmatic costs for providing the trailer to a school.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the fees are as follows:

Chittenden County: $50 round-trip delivery fee
Addison, Washington, Lamoille, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties: $125 round trip delivery fee
Rutland, Windsor, Orange, Caledonia, and Orleans counties: $200 round trip delivery fee
Bennington, Windham, or Essex counties: $275 round-trip delivery fee

  • We encourage schools to submit coordinated requests with nearby schools so as to allow the trailer to stay in a given region for several weeks. If schools can make suitable arrangements to have the trailer moved from one school to the next, the delivery and pick-up fees can be split across schools
  • We prioritize schools that make efficient and comprehensive use of their time with the trailer. For example, a school that incorporates bike skills training into all PE classes makes it the focus of the afterschool program, and organizes a bike festival or ride at the end of the week will get higher priority than a school that simply does a PE unit on-bike skills.
  • We reach out actively to schools serving disproportionate numbers of students from low- and moderate-income families and encourage such schools to apply. Delivery fees are waived for schools with 50% or more of their population eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the fees will be as follows:

Bike Smart costs Local Motion about $1,000 per served school/organization.  The base cost to schools for the program is a subsidized rate of $500, which will be prorated based on the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch.  The formula for calculating a school's Bike Smart fee is as follows: (1 - (% students receiving free/reduced lunch)) * $500 = School's Fee

For example: School A has 45% students receiving free/reduced lunch.  (1-.45)*$500=$275.  (.55*$500=$275)

School A's fee will be $275

another example:

School B  has 90% students receiving free/reduced lunch.  (1-.9)*$500=$50 (.1*500=$50)

School B's fee will be $50

 

Do I need to have training in order to receive a trailer?

Yes, you need to be trained in the Bike Smart curriculum before you can have the trailer. Contact education@localmotion.org to find out how to get trained in the Bike Smart curriculum.

What is in a trailer?
Each trailer has 30+ bikes, helmets (including helmets to give away to low-income children), helmet disinfectant, training materials (cones, spray chalk, reflective vests, etc) and more--everything you would need to run a bike skills program.

What do the trailers look like?

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The trailers are approximately 20' long, 10' tall, and have two doors--one in the front, and one in the back.


What does the inside of a trailer look like?

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Each trailer has two levels for storing bikes.  Bike Smart curriculum training materials are located in the front.  The "floor" of the second layer can be removed in sections, for easier loading and unloading.

Do you deliver the trailers?

Yes, we deliver the trailers anywhere in the state.  For many schools, the delivery is free. For others, the delivery cost is a nominal fee

In order to keep the costs down for this program, there is a nominal fee to help cover fuel costs:

  • Chittenden County: $50 round-trip delivery fee
  • Addison, Washington, Lamoille, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties: $125 round-trip delivery fee
  • Rutland, Windsor, Orange, Caledonia, and Orleans Counties: $200 round-trip delivery fee
  • Bennington, Windham, or Essex counties: $275 round-trip delivery fee


Can I move the trailer once it gets to my location (say, for a field trip location)?

Yes, but you need to find a vehicle with adequate towing capacity, and a driver who is experienced at towing large items.  We will ask you to sign a form to the effect that you have all of the resources to move the trailer safely.  It is large and heavy and requires an experienced driver, and a towing-capable vehicle equipped with electric brakes.


The Bikes

What kind of bikes are in the trailers?

We have a combination of geared and ungeared mountain bikes, in a range of sizes. Bikes are sized to fit a range of ages, 5 to adult.  Typical bike size distribution in a trailer is 10 small, 18 medium 18 large, 2-4 balance bikes and one tandem.

What kind of adaptive bike options do I have?

Local Motion has two Kidztandems, one traditional tandem, and one tricycle.  We are constantly looking for more adaptive bikes to add to our fleet, but if you need other adaptive bikes for your upcoming loan, get in touch with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

What are the bikes like?

Most of our bikes have hand brakes, but some of our smaller bikes have “coaster” brakes (you pedal backward to stop).

Most of our bikes have gearing (with the exception of some of our smaller bikes)

Why are there bikes without any pedals in the trailer?

Those are “balance bikes,”  which are used to help children learn how to ride

Why do you provide balance bikes instead of training wheels?

The traditional way to teach children how to ride a bicycle is to give them training wheels and let them pedal around on their bikes, and when the training wheels come off, they have to combine pedaling and balancing.  Children generally have a harder time with balancing than they do with pedaling

With the balance bike, children practice balancing first, and once they master balancing, they then graduate to combining pedaling with balance.  This method helps children to learn how to ride more quickly, and without as much drama.

How do you teach a child how to ride a bicycle on a balance bike?

Go to our balance bike page to learn more!


To learn more about requesting the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart trailer for your school, visit here

Bike Smart is funded by the Kohl's Cares program, the Vermont Children's Hospital, with funding provided by Kohl's Department Stores, RiseVT, and VTrans.  Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is powered by Local Motion, Vermont's walk-bike advocates.


Bring Bike Smart to Your School

What is Bike Smart?

Our Bike Smart program teaches students all across Vermont how to bike smartly, safely, and confidently thanks to our classrooms on wheels. Find out more about how your local school can borrow our equipment!

Vermont schools and summer programs can now borrow the Bike Smart trailer -- full of kids' bikes and all equipment and supplies needed for on-bike skills training at a heavily prorated fee. The trailer includes everything you need to teach bike skills to kids in grades 3 through 8.

Learn more about Bike Smart here  

Bike Smart is a partnership between Kohl's Cares program. and the Vermont Children's Hospital, with funding provided by Kohl's Department Stores.  Bike Smart is powered by Local Motion, Northwest Vermont's walk-bike advocates, under contract with the Vermont Children's Hospital.  


We are currently accepting Bike Smart requests for the Spring of the 2019-2020 School Year and for Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Bike Smart Sign Up

Fall and Spring 2019-2020 Trailer Request Form 


IMPORTANT NOTES:  

Schools and camps must have someone on staff trained in the Bike Smart On Bike curriculum in order to be eligible to request the trailer and bikes. There are no group training opportunities scheduled at this point.  We will travel to schools to conduct training on-site, or run an online training--depending on preference and availability.  

The Bike Smart equipment loaner program includes:

  • A secure, weatherproof 20-foot cargo van with 30-40 high-quality kids' bikes in various sizes
  • All needed equipment and supplies for conducting bike skills training, including helmets, traffic cones, spray chalk, and more
  • A clear and concise curriculum guide that divides the training into modules that instructors can mix and match to fit their needs

We will deliver the trailer to a school and leave it there for one to two weeks (depending on trailer availability and a number of kids to be trained). Our staff is available to troubleshoot and answer questions by phone throughout the program. When all training had been completed, we will take the trailer to the next school.

FEES:

In order to keep the costs down for this program, there is a prorated fee to help cover programmatic costs for providing the trailer to a school.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the fees are as follows:

Chittenden County: $50 round-trip delivery fee
Addison, Washington, Lamoille, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties: $125 round trip delivery fee
Rutland, Windsor, Orange, Caledonia, and Orleans counties: $200 round trip delivery fee
Bennington, Windham, or Essex counties: $275 round-trip delivery fee

  • We encourage schools to submit coordinated requests with nearby schools so as to allow the trailer to stay in a given region for several weeks. If schools can make suitable arrangements to have the trailer moved from one school to the next, the delivery and pick-up fees can be split across schools
  • We prioritize schools that make efficient and comprehensive use of their time with the trailer. For example, a school that incorporates bike skills training into all PE classes makes it the focus of the afterschool program, and organizes a bike festival or ride at the end of the week will get higher priority than a school that simply does a PE unit on-bike skills.
  • We reach out actively to schools serving disproportionate numbers of students from low- and moderate-income families and encourage such schools to apply. Delivery fees are waived for schools with 50% or more of their population eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the fees will be as follows:

Bike Smart costs Local Motion about $1,000 per school.  The base cost to schools for the program is a subsidized rate of $500, which will be prorated based on the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch.  The formula for calculating a school's Bike Smart fee is as follows: (1 - (% students receiving free/reduced lunch)) * $500 = School's Fee

For example: School A has 45% students receiving free/reduced lunch.  (1-.45)*$500=$275.  (.55*$500=$275)

School A's fee will be $275

another example:

School B  has 90% students receiving free/reduced lunch.  (1-.9)*$500=$50 (.1*500=$50)

School B's fee will be $50

For more information about this program, please contact Mary Catherine Graziano or (802) 861-2700 x106.