Education for Kids
Local Motion has many incredible programs to introduce children to the joys of walking and biking, and teach them how to walk and bike safely. From our Bike Smart program, which provides a 20' trailer packed with bikes, helmets and training materials to schools and organizations for 1-2 weeks, to Safe Routes to School, which gives children the encouragement and tools they need to choose to walk and bike to school, to our Learn to Ride classes, which give parents and kids a fun, stress-free place to learn how to master life on two wheels--we've got something for everyone.
We know what we’re doing when it comes to encouraging kids to walk and bike more! We’ve got great materials for teachers and families to encourage skill development, safe behavior through games and fun activities.
Information on planning and running Walking School Buses / Bike Trains and Remote Drop Off with a focus on safety and effectiveness during COVID.
Distance Learning Resources
This is a set of resources for caregivers and teachers to help kids continue to be physically active while at home.
Remote Bike/Walk Community Building
- Full Walk/Bike School Spirit Activity Write Up
- Publisher Image Template for Walk/Bike Map Letters
- Participant Introductory E-mail
- Participant Instruction E-mail
- Combined Letters
- Bike Smart BIKING (3rd-5th version) Scavenger Hunt
- Bike Smart BIKING (k-2 version) Scavenger Hunt
- Bike Smart WALKING Scavenger Hunt
- Bike Smart WALKING OR BIKING WITH SENSES Scavenger Hunt
- Dutch Biking Games
- More coming soon!
Materials for Caregivers
- Parent’s Guide to Safe Bicycling
- How to use a balance bike to teach a child how to ride on two wheels
Bike Smart Resources
We have an entire page of resources for teachers using Bike Smart -- click here to see the list of materials teachers can use to enrich and inform their Bike Smart teaching.
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.
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?
Learn to Ride is just what it sounds like! We'll be teaching your kid(s) how to ride a bike using the "balance bike" method. 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.
Local Motion uses the "balance bike" method to help kids lose the training wheels and learn to ride in just a few hours. The Balance Bike method allows children to practice balancing before combining it with pedaling. For many children, breaking up the tasks helps them learn how to ride their bicycle more quickly and with less stress.
Are you interested in having your child attend a Learn to Ride Class in Burlington?
Local Motions Learn to Ride bike class for kids will take place at Burlington's Leddy Park (216 Leddy Park Rd, Burlington, VT 05408).
Date: June 6 (tentative--may be canceled due to COVID-19)
(May 16 has been canceled.)
Bikes: We will have balance bikes of all sizes available for children, and enough for everyone. We will not have pedaled bicycles available, so families must bring their own. Please check that the bicycles are in good working condition and that they fit the child.
You can check your child's bicycle fit here:
You can check to make sure your child's bike is ready to ride here:
10:00-11:00 ages: 3-5
11:30-12:30 ages: 5-7
1:00-2:00 ages: 7 and older
Free to Local Motion Members!
Non-Local Motion Members:
$20 per family if you have pre-registered
(using this form)
$40 per family on the day of the event.
You can sign up for a class here:
Learn To Ride Sign Up Form
Questions? [email protected]
For Summer Camps
We offer a Learn to Ride trailer (and curriculum training for instructors) for organizations to offer Learn to Ride classes in their community, as well as running two Learn to Ride classes in the Burlington area in the late spring and early summer.
Are you an organization? Request the Learn to Ride Trailer here: Learn to Ride Trailer Request Form Would you like to learn more about our Learn to Ride Trailer? Learn more here: Request the Learn to Ride Trailer
Are you interested in having your child attend a Learn to Ride Class in Burlington? We will have sign-ups for Learn to Ride soon. If you are interested in being notified when we schedule our Burlington classes, go here: Learn To Ride Interest Form
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.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a comprehensive program based on a simple premise: our kids should be able to safely walk and bike to school. Walking and biking to school helps students develop independence, improves academic performance, helps reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and helps create a stronger community.
Vermont Safe Routes to School has been part of the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program for almost a decade. Dedicated funding for VT SRTS came to an end in May 2016. Since that time, Local Motion has served as statewide SRTS coordinator. Our role is as follows:
- Confirming progress through the levels of the program
- Answering questions from school "champions"
- Providing guidance to partner schools
- Sending out newsletters about upcoming events and opportunities
- Providing support with activities and events
- Helping create and update School Travel Plans
- Engaging schools through the Way to Go! to School Challenge
Looking for ways to support your Winter Walk to School Day this season? Check out our toolkit! We've got posters, parent letters, and more!
For more information and Safe Routes to School resources, go to the website here