Bike to School
HUB Cycling offers bike skills and safety instruction to students from Grades 4 through 7. Our curriculum is on the Bike Right standard and offers courses and activities for Grades 3 and up, as well as promoting and growing Metro Vancouver’s Bike to School Week.
Courses are free to students and public schools across Metro Vancouver schools thanks to support from municipal, regional, provincial and private funders.
Partnering up with our Bike to School team allows your school the opportunity to:
- Promote cycling as a fun, healthy & social way to exercise, be independent, and get around.
- Offer an avenue to build and increase cycling skills.
- Take an active role in promoting bike knowledge, including safe and responsible cycling for transportation.
Other resources available to you include:
- Bike to School Week: an annual springtime celebration encouraging students of all ages to bike, roll, or walk to school.
- Learn 2 Ride online: a free course that helps children ages 9-12 yrs learn about basic cycling safety.
- Bike Education Resources for Parents: resources for teaching new riders, active travel connections and mapping
- Go by Bike Week: similar to Bike to School Week, but for teachers and secondary schools.
- Bike Education Newsletter: subscribe here to receive our quarterly cycling education email newsletter.
- English Language Learners resource page including a worksheet and cycling vocabulary videos
Interested in having HUB Cycling come to your school?
Our programs work with pairs of grades (i.e. Gr 4 & 5, or Gr 6 & 7) so that programs are no closer than every two years. Each season, we begin our outreach to schedule school programs several months in advance - late January for the spring season, and June for the fall bookings. After you've submitted your school's interest, we will follow up within two weeks to let you know if/when funding is available in your municipality.
An introductory course for grades 3-6 that gets students excited about urban cycling and introduces them to basic road rules and safe cycling concepts. Taught by trained instructors over 2 days, students learn through classroom activities and on-bike skills practice on the school ground. Take a look at this program in action here!
Targeted to grades 6-7, Ride the Road introduces students to the freedom and responsibilities of cycling in an urban setting. Taking place over 4-5 days, this course explores basic bike maintenance, road safety, and culminates in a small group neighbourhood road ride in the school’s community.
An exciting cycling education program targeting all grade 4 & 5 students in Metro Vancouver, Kelowna, the Capital Regional District (Victoria), Prince George and growing. With the continued support from the BC Active Transportation Strategy, our goal is to implement this program province-wide!
Want to do more to encourage your students to ride to school? Register your interest for Bike to School Week today!
Spring planning for our popular Bike to School Week is already underway. This is an annual celebration where we encourage students of all ages to bike, roll, or walk to school. This spring, join over 137 schools across the region and enhance green initiatives already happening at your school, build community, and highlight the benefits of active transportation - like less congestion and healthy, energized students. Register your schools today.
Check out our reach as of the start of 2023:
Responding to COVID:
When schools had to close their doors in Spring 2020, we redirected our momentum into building a self-guided distanced learning resource for students. This enabled us to offer two online courses to complement our two existing Bike to School curriculums; aptly named Learn2Ride Online and Ride the Road Online. That created the opportunity to deliver courses as Standard Programs (in-person and outdoors), as well as Blended Programs (online and outdoors).
Learn2Ride Online is uniquely open and freely available to all beginner riders of British Columbia. Visit our information page to preview the course and learn how to gain access. Additionally, read our COVID-19 safety plan to learn what HUB Cycling is doing, and what your school can do, to keep everyone safe while they learn to ride.
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HUB Cycling is able to deliver courses in schools thanks to generous funding from TransLink, municipalities, and grants. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest updates, or fill out our Bike to School Course Interest form to hear from our coordinators directly when your school becomes eligible for a program.
In our Bike to School programs, we provide opportunities for all children to be able to experience our activities on bikes. Thanks to a grant from the GoodLife Kids Foundation, we are able to offer a variety of adapted bikes to support those with a variety of needs and mobility issues. These bikes ensure that all children, regardless of their abilities, can participate in a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable way. Since joining our fleet in 2017, these bikes have allowed many young riders in Metro Vancouver to progress in their love and appreciation of cycling.