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Life Long Skills through Physical Literacy


Our education programs are designed to develop practical life-long skills through safe cycling. Using the Ontario physical health and education curriculum, our program is engaging and interactive, equipping students with new skills and cycling abilities. Ride Smart skills create safer riders and safer future drivers. The program is based on two reputable sources: CAN-Bike, the national standard for safe cycling programs, and the Guide to Ride curriculum created by Physical and Health Education Canada. CAN-Bike 4 certified, experienced instructors will be present at all Ride Smart events.


"Thank you, you changed my life" - Grade 5 Ride Smart Student at St. Lawrence School after learning to ride during the week long program.


Fully self-contained

Our cycling education program is designed to minimize barriers to participation. Past experience has taught us that the success of cycling education in schools is dependent on students bringing their own bikes. Often students do not always have access to a bike in working condition, or are unable to bring their bike to school because of transportation issues.


To address this problem the Ride Smart Program has been designed to be completely self contained: we provide the bikes, helmets, instructors, resource materials and even the obstacles needed to set up different scenarios. A full class set of new bikes means that each student will use the same bike and helmet for the week. This format makes it very easy, even for teachers with little, to no cycling experience, to enrol their class in the program. We also provide a helmet and bicycle for the teacher too if they want to participate. The skills portion of the program can be run either outside on the pavement, or inside the gymnasium. Supplied bicycles will have clean tires and will not mark gym floors. Teacher time commitment outside of the program is minimal requiring only the collection of registration details prior to the beginning of the program.


Program Details

Who Is It For?

Ride Smart programming is designed for Grade 4 through 7 students. Pilot programs have shown that this age group engages well with the material and excels at learning new cycling skills. Curriculum resources to support the cycling program from Physical Health and Education Canada are available for Grades 4-6.


Program Length

The Ride Smart Program requires a week long commitment. To build required skills both inside and outside the classroom the program requires 4-5 class periods over the course of a week. This amount of time ensures that students are able to understand concepts and develop skills to a high level of competency. Up to six classes per school can participate over the one week time period.


Program Cost

The cost per student is $15.00 for the week long program, this cost also includes the after school basic tune-up and repair. The participation fee goes towards covering staffing costs as all of the equipment has been supported through grant funding. If price is a barrier to participation for students, New Hope Community Bikes has limited subsidies available, contact us to see if your school qualifies.


Learning Outcomes

Ride Smart encourages students to develop a decision making framework that will keep them safe as they ride. Based on the core teaching of CAN-Bike, students will learn how to make themselves: manoeuvrable, visible, predictable and able to communicate while they ride. These principles are reinforced in the classroom and in skill building activities and can be applied to all riding situations. Our education program supports the following curriculum outcomes:


Health and Safety, Injury Prevention

  • Basic traffic concepts and rules
  • Appreciation of the bike as a vehicle
  • Importance of wearing a helmet and appropriate clothing
  • Traffic signs and traffic dynamics
  • Safe cyclists make safe drivers


Physical Activity

  • Benefits of cycling, healthy lifestyle
  • Cycling skills, balance, motion, control of bicycle.
  • Promoting cycling as a life long activity
  • Physical literacy


Social Studies

  • Environmental benefits of cycling
  • Responsible citizenship, sharing the road
  • Reduced carbon footprint



  • Plot safe cycle routes around the city on a map
  • Draw area circle to indicate bike-able distance and time required on map.



  • Use online mapping programs such as Google maps or Mapmyride to determine bike route distances.
  • Learn bicycle component names and how different mechanical systems of a bicycle work.



  • Calculate cost of riding a bicycle versus driving a car, ownership of both
  • Determine how to set up a bicycle computer - using principles of measurement, circumference.
  • Calculate time required to travel distance on a map

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