City expands cycling education to all grade 6 and 7 students in Vancouver public schools
Cycling in a city can be daunting for kids and their parents. Courses like Ride the Road build confidence, encourage independence, and show that safe, active travel to school can be a fun, green, and healthy way to get around.
Paul Storer, Director of Transportation
The City of Vancouver, in partnership with HUB Cycling and the Vancouver School Board, is excited to announce the expansion of the School Active Travel Education program as part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan.
Beginning in 2022, HUB Cycling’s Ride the Road bike safety education course External website, opens in new tab will become available to all grade 6 and 7 students in Vancouver public schools. The free program will be delivered at 37 schools this year – up from the previous six per year since the program first launched in 2018 – and more schools next year. This will allow us to reach all public elementary school students in the target grades every two years.
The Ride the Road – Active Travel course includes four lessons that teach students walking and cycling safety theory and on-bike skills via school ground training and group rides around the neighbourhood.
To ensure all students can participate, HUB Cycling will supply bicycles - including adaptive bicycles – and helmets to those who need them. Students will also receive a course completion certificate that includes resources to further encourage the use of active transportation modes among children and their families.
HUB Cycling will monitor program outcomes by surveying students, parents, and teachers, and will deliver an annual report to the City by December 2022.
Spaces in the program are full for this spring, but schools interested in participating in the fall can contact HUB Cycling at email@example.com or register online for Bike to School Week External website, opens in new tab.
Established in 2012, our School Active Travel Planning program consults with school communities and stakeholders to improve safety, identify transportation-related challenges and opportunities, and increase the number of children walking, cycling, and rolling to school.
In November 2020, Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan, including direction to develop a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Action Plan. The TDM Action Plan includes an expanded School Active Travel Program, which identifies a number of actions to help build and sustain an active travel culture in schools.
Since 2018, we have worked with HUB Cycling to deliver the Ride the Road walking and cycling course to grade six and seven students at six public elementary schools a year.
Paul Storer, Director of Transportation
“Cycling in a city can be daunting for kids and their parents. Courses like Ride the Road build confidence, encourage independence, and show that safe, active travel to school can be a fun, green, and healthy way to get around,” says Paul Storer, the City’s Director of Transportation.
Rose Gardner, HUB Cycling’s Director of Bike Education
“HUB Cycling is pleased to provide universal biking and walking education to all Vancouver elementary schools over the coming two years,” says Rose Gardner, HUB Cycling’s Director of Bike Education. “With this expansion, the City of Vancouver becomes a leader in providing youth with the skills and knowledge needed to use active transportation and stay safe on our roads. Raising a generation of sustainable transportation users is critical to realizing our climate action and vision zero goals. In addition to numerous health benefits, cycling also helps build a stronger connection to the community.”
Lois Chan Pedley, Vancouver School Board trustee
“It is great to see a program dedicated to cycling education for Vancouver students,” says Lois Chan Pedley, Vancouver School Board trustee. “The HUB Cycling program encourages active transportation and helps young cyclers build skills and confidence to cycle to and from school safely. As a Board, we continue to support active and sustainable transportation choices for school communities and families.”