Bicycle Education and Skills Training | BEST
An ambitious project to give Manitoba children the skills and confidence to get around on their bikes
Cycling education for students is crucial, as most parents are themselves infrequent bike riders who may not know the safest ways to ride or how to do keep them maintained. BEST is a multi-grade, multi-year bike education program based on CAN-BIKE cycling courses, and the first of its kind in North America. Students in grades 4-8 are taught how to ride on-road, learning valuable skills such as hand signals, shoulder checking, lane positioning, and more. The program also includes maintenance, teaching students to assess whether their bike is road worthy, what the parts of a bike are and how those parts operate.
BEST has been rolled out as a 3-year pilot project in Seven Oaks School Division. After 2019, once curriculum and logistics are finalized, the hope is to work towards embedding BEST into the Manitoba Physical Education Curriculum.
Thank you to all collaborators who made BEST possible: Manitoba Public Insurance, Seven Oaks School Division, Bike Winnipeg, the WRENCH, and the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) team at Green Action Centre.