How to Organize a Bicycle Train

A Bicycle Train is a two-wheel alternative to a Walking School Bus(WSB). It provides a faster travel alternative to a walking option, suitable for a longer journey to school. For this reason Bicycle Trains are great for destination schools such as French Immersion or Independent schools.

The bicycle option is particularly viable if off-road cycle routes, multi-use pathways or on road bicycle routes are close to your school. The WSB organizational process can be adapted for a Bicycle Train. For cyclists, planning a best route must be considered very carefully because the group will likely be riding on the road. Refer to Mapping Bicycle Train Routes.

In addition, considerations for safety are more specific for cyclists because a vehicle – a bicycle – and safety equipment must be used. Concerns related to helmet fit and use, condition of bicycles, bicycle skills experience and traffic safety education must be addressed.

Parents and children must know how to check bicycle mechanics to make sure that their vehicles are safe to ride. Helmets must fit and be worn properly. There should be an appropriate number of children in the group for each adult volunteer; adult supervision for a Bicycle Train is recommended to be one adult for each three to six children. A Bicycle Train is best organized for older elementary students who have had practice and training in bicycle handling, cycle skills and who are familiar with rules of the road.

To prepare students for participation in a Bicycle Train, bicycle safety education should be offered. When the Bicycle Train is in operation, safe cycling skills and road safety must be reviewed regularly. Refer to theBicycle Safety Section.

Main Organizational Elements:

How to organize a Bicycle Train

Organizing a Bicycle Train can be planned at the same time you introduce Walking School Buses (WSB) in your school community:

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