In-School

Bikes in gym class!

A 3-day in-school event for grades 4-6, iRide In-School is designed to teach basic cycling skills and safety awareness to students over three school days.

To a maximum of six classes, each class receives three 45-60 minute training sessions over three days and works their way through the fun and exciting challenges of iRide.

Our sessions stay within the safe confines of the school grounds and can be run on all-weather fields, grass fields, and paved areas. Most participants graduate to Skill Level 3 or higher by the end of the program.

The program is designed for students who can already ride; however, those still learning will work their teacher, with support from our staff, to fast-track their skills and confidence and join the rest of their class when they’re ready.

Getting Started

  • Lesson Plan

    Students are split into groups and are guided through our game-based curriculum to build basic cycling skills and enjoy a stimulating exercise session. They work through 3 basic concepts:

    • Straight-line Riding
    • Turning a Corner
    • Riding with a partner

    These concepts are introduced and patterned using both skill and maneuver-based progressions, inspired by the NCCP and PMBIA teaching methods. Each session culminates in a series of games or a ride around the school grounds to consolidates the day’s learning.

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
    Key Concepts Body Position:
    Neutral Position
    Ready Position

    Operational Control:
    Gears
    Pedaling
    Braking

    Direction Control:
    Steering
    Leaning

    Timing & Coordination:
    Dismounting

    Terrain awareness:
    Scanning
    Decision-Making
     
    Maneuvers:
    Front Wheel Lifts
    Riding with a Partner
    Popular Games & Activities:
    • Red Light Green Light
    • Bats & Cats
    • Foot Down
    • Obstacle Course (Features)

     

    • Roosters & Rattlesnakes
    • Tower of Power

     

    • Zombies
    • Grand Prix
    • Big Teeter Totter

    During online registration, all parents are invited to join our quarterly newsletter and stay updated on all local cycling opportunities. Students who demonstrate great enthusiasm and are interested in advancing to more challenging skills receive a Talent ID card, inviting them to participate in after-school programs, summer camps and local youth clubs.

  • Instructors

    iRide instructors are trained by the National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) and undergo a background screening. Cycling BC’s iRide program subscribes to the Coaches Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaches Movement and follows the High Five: Healthy Child Development principles to help our instructors create an engaging and effective learning environment.

  • Cost Structure

    iRide is funded by private donors, government grants, and program fees from schools. Our cost structure is designed to develop sustainable programs in each BC Games zone and offers discounted programs for all students in British Columbia.

    • Total Program Cost: $2500
    • Cost to your school:  $900

    If your students enjoy their program and they would like to help us say thank you to our donors and sponsors, we suggest student-made thank you cards.

    Schools will receive 1 invoice, including a $300 booking deposit due within 30 days, with the balance due on the first day of the program.

    *Cycling BC and iRide’s donors help cover 50% of the operating costs of every in-school program. Our base rate is $900, however, when extended travel and/or accommodation is required, prices may reflect these higher costs.

  • Financial Aid

    If your school requires additional financial aid, please review these BC government grants.

Explore Availability

School District Upcoming Availability
Zone 2: Okanagan South (23,67) May-June 2021
Zone 2: Okanagan North (22, 83) May-June 2021
Zone 3: Fraser Valley (33-35, 75, 78) May-June 2021
Zone 4-5: Metro & Sea2Sky (36-45, 48) May-June 2021
Zone 6: Island South (61-63, 79) May-June 2021

Additional Information

Questions? Please contact us!

  • Making a booking

    Now that you have a date in mind, please submit a request using the form below. Upon review, iRide will send you an email response indicating your provisional dates and required deposit, due in 30 days. Upon payment, your event will be confirmed and additional resources will be shared with you, including a Parent-Letter to be sent home.

    One month before our visit, iRide will send a reminder email and follow-up via telephone one week prior. Champions are granted access to the online registration system and can run a report of who has registered online. We recommend that students are told registrations closes 1 week before our visit to ensure timeliness.

    If your students and staff enjoy their iRide program, a great way to say thank you to our program sponsors is by taking a few moments to share their favourite moments in a thank you card.  Cards can be mailed to our head office or picked up by our instructors on day 3.

    Due to strong demand for iRide, Cycling BC suggests schools consider booking every 2nd year.

  • Responsibilities

    Please acknowledge your responsibilities as the school’s iRide Champion:

    • Enroll at least 4 classes
    • Ensure adequate field space
    • Send home Parent-Letter
    • Ensure all students are registered online
    • Welcome instructors on day 1 (one hour early)
    • Ensure a school staff member is present to supervise each iRide session
  • My region isn't listed ...

    If our in-school program is not available in your area, please consider these options:

    1. Apply for an iRide Community grant and create your own after-school bike club (3-6 weeks).
    2. Contact iRide to discuss how to bring an iRide fleet to your region next spring.
  • How are schools selected?

    School requests are selected based on geographic location, previous visits, and sponsor requests.

    Spring visits are confirmed each autumn after budget approvals by Cycling BC’s board of directors.

  • Student Reminders

    Bicycles and helmets are provided for students at no additional cost.  However, we recommend that all students bring their own equipment to help ensure everyone can participate on a correctly-sized bike. Our fleets are sized for students 48-60 inches tall.  Therefore we request any grade 3 or 7 students participating bring their own equipment.

    iRide takes place rain or shine (except in extreme weather conditions) so it is recommended that students bring weather-appropriate clothing, including jackets, gloves, extra shoes, gym strip.

    In hot conditions, please ask students to bring water bottles with them to the field.

    For safety purposes, students are expected to exhibit excellent listening and attention skills when participating in iRide programs.

2020 Spring bookings are almost sold out. Please contact us right away.

2021 Spring bookings will open on May 1st, 2020.

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