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.
Getting Students to School During COVID: The Basics
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 Letter
- 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 - here is a 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...review these testimonials!
Bike Smart FAQs
We've compiled a list of FAQs concerning our Bike Smart program! Don't find the answer to your question?
Please contact Mary Catherine Graziano at [email protected] or (802) 861-2700 x106.
Bring Bike Smart to your School!
Our Bike Smart program teaches students all across Vermont how to bike smartly, safely, and confidently thanks to our classrooms on wheels. 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. Find out more about how your local school can borrow our equipment!
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 their 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 bicycles more quickly and with less stress.
Our next Learn to Ride Class will be held on September 18, 2021, at Leddy Park
More information about the event below:
10:00-11:00am ages: 4-7
11:30am-12:30pm ages: 7+
Join Local Motion for our annual kids’ Learn to Ride class at Leddy Park. We know that the process of teaching children to ride a bike can be challenging for both kids and parents.
Let us do the teaching! We’ll use the “balance method” with pedal-less bikes, allowing kids to get a feel for the balance they’ll need - without any fear of falling over. The learning process is different for everyone, so we can’t make any guarantees - but we expect most kids to come away from our Learn to Ride class able to confidently ride on two wheels. This class will be fun and stress-free for you and your kids.
We will supply the balance bikes, but you must bring a pedaled bicycle and helmet for your child. Please be sure that the pedaled bicycle is in good working condition (check that the tires stay inflated, the pedals spin, the chain moves freely and the brakes work), and fits your child well.
We will also have fun things for your kids who already know how to ride! Helmet decorating supplies, games, and more!
The class is free for Local Motion members and their children. For non-members, the cost is $20 per family if you pre-register, and $40 per family on the day of the event.
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!
Learn about what was discussed in our 2019 Safe Routes to School Annual Meeting here
For more information and Safe Routes to School resources, go to the website here