Elementary - Curricular 2023
- Cycling takes place on paved surfaces (for example, sidewalks, bike paths, roads).
- If cycling also includes off-road, also consult Mountain Biking.
- The following statements refer to student owned, borrowed or rented bicycles:
- the equipment must conform to local bylaws
- the students must inspect the bikes for working brakes and properly inflated tires
- the bicycle size must be appropriate for the rider.
- A properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn bicycle helmet certified by a recognized safety standards association (for example, CSA, CSPC, Snell, ASTM, BSI, AS) must be worn.
- Supervisor must carry:
- a bicycle tool kit;
- a pump;
- a signaling device (for example, whistle); and
- a first aid kit.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Clothing must not encumber proper use of bicycle chain. Clothing must be adequate for outdoor activity. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted.
- Choose the routes carefully and consider the road surface, length, steepness of slopes, frequency of traffic, complexity of intersections and railway crossings.
- Prior to the initial use of the route, the teacher/supervisor must do a safety ride-through to verify the safety and suitability.
- Provide the students with a map and/or clear directions.
- Students must be aware of an emergency procedure in case of an accident (for example, any sign of difficulty, dismount and walk bike until it is safe to resume riding).
- The rules of the Highway Traffic Act and local bylaws must be reviewed and followed. This includes group riding protocol.
- Instruction must be given on the proper position of a bicycle helmet (for example, brim of helmet is at eyebrow level).
- Emphasis must be placed on controlled riding.
- Use any appropriate grouping system (for example, the buddy system).
- Communicate to students the importance of being aware of the location of other riders, around them, to avoid interference and collisions.
- No audio devices (for example, MP3 players).
- A record of students and the route must be left in the school with an appropriate person.
- Racing must not be done as an in-class activity.
- Students must demonstrate to the teacher/supervisor competency in stopping, changing gears, turning, signaling and passing before leaving school property.
- Excursions must be planned for daylight hours.
- For grades 1, 2 and 3 cycling must take place in a location away from all street traffic (for example, parks, bicycle paths).
- In-the-area supervision is required.
- 2 adult supervisors are required in all cycling situations. One supervisor stays at the back of the pack and one at the front.
- The ratio of supervisors to students is:
- Primary: 1 supervisor per 6 students
- Junior: 1 supervisor per 10 students
- Intermediate: 1 supervisor per 15 students
- At least one instructor or an individual responsible for providing first aid must have current First Aid qualifications equivalent to or exceeding St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C + AED.
Fri, 08/25/23 09:42 am