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 many different Kawartha Pine Ride District schools. 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!
GreenUP and B!KE have partnered to offer 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.
Program Contact Information
Name: Jaime Akiyama
Position: Coordinator, Transportation and Urban Design Programs
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 210