Frequently Asked Questions

Trying a new activity can be fun yet scary for even us adults!

To help provide you and your child with the answers you need to help create a safe, fun and memorable iRide experience, our team is here to answer any questions. Please take a look below at our frequently asked questions.

For additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact us!

  • Getting Registered

    To register your child, please complete our registration system at cyclingbc.net/iridereg.  It takes about 2 minutes to complete and helps our small team manage and ensure program safety and effectiveness.

    If you are new to iRide, you will be asked to either create a free account or register as a guest. Our online system helps us guarantee the security of your information, allows for accurate record-keeping for reporting and insurance purposes, and is environmentally friendly. Be sure to continue the process until you have received an automated registration confirmation email. Child date of birth is required to prompt the parent/guardian release form.

    What is involved?

    • Participation Permission (REQUIRED)
      • All participants who complete registration are covered by Cycling BC’s insurance policy with Jones Brown.  An Acknowledgement of Risk form is included in this registration process. By completing this process, parents/children retain the right to legal action, if needed, until the age of 20.
    • Photo Consent (OPTIONAL)
      • Students without photo consent will be asked to wear a pinny during iRide to ensure their safety and guarantee their photo is not published.
    • Newsletter Sign-Up (OPTIONAL)
      • Access perks and stay up-to-date on local opportunities, like after-school community programs, summer camps and local youth club events
  • What is iRide?
    iRide introduces families to the sport of cycling and makes cycling accessible to kids who may not otherwise have opportunities to participate in the sport.  Through schools and community programs, we help young people from all walks of life try all styles of cycling in a safe, fun and engaging learning environment. Learn more.
    Our curriculum is designed to build confidence and an appreciation for outdoor exercise through the patterning of basic cycling skills and the inherent understanding of values like safety, fun, respect, community, excellence, and mastery.  And it’s making a difference!
    Since 2013, iRide has visited over 56,000 young British Columbians and helped train over 100 new cycling instructors.  iRide offers programs in all 8 regional zones of BC and offers development grants for future expansion. Learn more about iRide’s impact.
  • What is iRide's Mission?
    To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build confidence, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the sport of cycling. Learn more about Cycling BC.
  • Who can participate?
    iRide offers group lessons to all kids and teens ages 6-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and a positive attitude. To ensure your child’s abilities match the designed of each program, please review our iRide skill levels.
  • Will my child be participating in a safe environment?
    iRide is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all participants and individuals affiliated with the program. As part of our commitment, all employees, instructors, and volunteers must complete a background screening before working with our youth. In addition, all instructors and administrative staff undergo safe sport training. Learn more.
  • Is there a program near me?
    We’re closer than you think! iRide offers programs at more than 130 locations across the province. FIND A PROGRAM NEAR YOU
  • How can I bring iRide to my area?
    There are a few ways you can bring iRide to your community.
    • Bring iRide In-School Program to your elementary school
      • This program introduces elementary students to cycling during physical education class
      • Find a teacher or administrator to champion the visit
      • Discuss the program with your Parent Advisory Council
    • Create a new iRide After-School Program
      • This process takes about 3 months and often achieve success in their 2nd season
      • Applications are open December 1st – March 1st, on a first-come, first-serve basis
      • Find 1-2 other cycling enthusiasts to help you as instructors
    • Make a donation
      • Sponsors a region
      • Support a particular school
      • Donate a bicycle
  • What about bicycles and helmets?
    iRide school and summer camp programs provide access to bicycles and helmets for all participants, courtesy of our title industry sponsor, Cannondale.  Participants of the after-school program are expected to bring their own bicycle and helmet.
  • My child can't ride a bike yet ...
    Our instructors are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making kids and teens feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.
    That said, each iRide program is designed to cater to different skill abilities. For example, our in-school program is primarily designed for students who can already ride.  Students still learning to pedal will work their teacher, with support from our instructors, to fast-track their skills and confidence and join the rest of their class when they’re ready. Read more about our iRide Skill Levels.
    If you would like to request a private lesson with an iRide Instructor, please contact us to explore this request.
  • How can I help my child learn to ride?

    If your child is a new rider, ideally they should be able to put both of their feet on the ground while seated on their bike. Start your child with “striding”, using both feet flat on the ground while seated, to propel them in a straight line. Once they can coast in a straight line for 10 seconds, advance them to pedaling. This will build balance awareness and the ability to stay upright when they stop.

    Check out the video resources below:

  • How do youth build confidence through cycling?
    Each session is designed to foster cycling skills as well as help youth articulate what movements and techniques they used to overcome challenges and obstacles, helping them recall how to tackle similar challenges when they are out on the trails in the future.
    What is an example of the iRide jargon? Watch Video
  • How do young people progress through the program?
    Participants move through the iRide levels over time (1-5) with the help of their Instructor or reference the iRide Skills Matrix.  If riders would like to continue on and master intermediate and advanced skills, specific to one type of cycling, they can pursue club level skills (6-9) and strive to achieve Level 10, whereby they are cleared to participate in competitive group cycling activities with adults and teach iRide as an instructor.
    The iRide skill levels are not tied to participant age but are designed to match a student’s grade level. Learn more
  • Is there competition and physical activity?
    Absolutely! Each iRide program includes both physical exercise and an element of competition, albeit team and individual challenges.  After-school and summer camp programs include more consistent pedaling time and provide challenges like climbing a hill or racing through a skills course. Almost all Cycling BC-sanctioned events feature some type of free and fun youth competition, most notably our iRide LMCX Cyclocross series.
    As participants get older, they have the chance to participate in sanctioned youth competitions, including road and mountain bike races in BC, like BC Superweek, the BC Cup or the BC School Sports Provincial High-School Championships. Riders who love cycling and show great commitment may also be invited to the Provincial Race team and access projects to National Championships, World Championships, and the National Team.
  • Financial concerns?
    No worries—iRide In-School programs are often paid for by PAC funds and iRide After-School participants can access up to $400 in KidSport funding to offset the cost of their $15 Mini-Membership and remaining program fees.
  • How do I conduct a bike safety check?

    We recommend that all children bring their own bike to iRide. It is more fun to learn on their own equipment and instils greater confidence for future rides. We request that bicycles are checked by your local bike shop. Alternatively, an iRide rental bike will be provided if it is available.

    Bike Safety Check:

    • Bike Fit – Children should be able to…
      • Stand over the top tube of their bike with feet flat on the ground.
      • Sit on the seat and touch their toes on the ground
    • Brakes
      • Check the brake pads placement and any cable rust or fraying
    • Other
      • Check tyre pressure (at least 20-30 PSI)
      • Check all critical bolts
      • Check handlebars for rotation
      • Check handlebars end (use cork if bar-ends are missing)
    • Helmet
      • Adjust the straps so you can slide 2 of fingers under the chin when it is on and the ratchet is tightened.
      • Remember the helmet goes across the forehead and is not tilted back on the head.

    We strongly recommend that you visit a local bike shop to get a tune-up. Click here to find a kid-friendly shop near you!

  • What does my child need for success?

    iRide operates during inclement conditions, barring extreme weather exceptions that compromise the safety of the participants. Therefore, we request that participants come to iRide prepared with the following:

    • Closed-toed shoes
    • Appropriate clothing
      • Gloves
      • Gym strip or rain jacket
    • Fuel
      • Water bottle
      • Snacks
    • Bicycle and helmet in good repair (if appropriate)
  • My child likes cycling ... what's next?

    After their iRide experience, any participant who exhibit skill level 3 abilities and beyond are ready to join either:

    • After-School
    • Field Trips
    • Summer Camps
    • Youth Cycling Club

    Find a program near you or call us at 604-224-7433 to discuss the next steps for your child.