Pedal Power

Cycling is a great way for youth to explore their neighborhood, gain independence, and get a healthy dose of physical activity. It is also a great environmentally friendly transportation alternative!

That’s why B!KE and GreenUP have teamed up to offer Pedal Power. The course is currently offered to Grade 5 students and consists of five 75-100minute lessons focusing on road safety and bicycle handling skills. Lessons take place in the schoolyard, as well as on neighbourhood roads and trails whenever possible. Extra bikes and helmets can be provided to ensure everyone is able to participate.

Pedal Power aims to build confidence and competence in young riders. The curriculum covers bike handling, traffic safety, and ride preparedness through a variety of on-bike drills and games. Each child in the program receives over six hours of on-bike instruction, ensuring they have time and space to practice new skills!

Pedal Power also aims to build connections. As students ride their bikes, they become more connected to their neighbourhood – the streets, sidewalks, trails, parks, and people. They connect physical activity to transportation, as exercise becomes a fun, regular part of their daily lives. They also connect riding a bike to making healthy choices for our environment.

Since launching Pedal Power in 2013, we have worked with hundreds of children in the city and county of Peterborough. Should funding be secured, we are interested in bringing the program to new schools, so if you are a teacher or parent that is interested in being a Pedal Power champion at your school, please give us a call!

 

Program History

GreenUP and B!KE are partners in offering cycling access and education programming in Peterborough. In 2012, we piloted Peterborough’s first-ever in-school cycling education program at local schools, and with that experience and feedback created Pedal Power in 2013. Pedal Power and other in-school cycling education and celebration activities were delivered until 2019 with the support from Active School Travel Peterborough, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ministry of Education, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and local businesses and community organizations. 

To learn more about Active School Travel Peterborough, click here….

Program Contact Information

Contact one of our Program Coordinators at,
Phone: (705)745-3238  Email: activeschooltravel@greenup.on.ca

Partners

Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health

City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Peterborough Police

Peterborough Police

B!KE

B!KE

Active School Travel Peterborough

Active School Travel Peterborough

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Peterborough Risk Watch

Peterborough Risk Watch

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