Elementary - Curricular 2019
- Mountain Biking takes place in various off-road conditions (for example, gravel roads, ski trails, bike trails, etc).
- If mountain biking takes place on paved surfaces (for example, bike paths, roads, sidewalks), also consult Cycling.
- Consult Risk Management.
- This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Outside Activity Providers.
- When downhill mountain biking, appropriate safety gear for the facility must be worn.
- The following statements refer to students’ own, borrowed or rented equipment:
- Students must inspect bikes before use for working brakes and properly inflated tires.
- 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, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, BSI, AS) must be worn.
- Protective eyewear (for example, sunglasses) must be worn.
- One supervisor per group to carry:
- a first aid kit
- a bicycle tool kit, including a pump
- a signalling device (for example, whistle)
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn (for example, no baggy pants). Clothing must be adequate for outdoor activity. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not permitted.
- Define specific routes to the students so they are aware of the boundaries for activity, whether using a commercial or non commercial site.
- When choosing a site the following conditions must be taken into consideration:
- suitability of terrain
- Provide students with map and/or clear directions.
- Students must ride only on trails outlined by the teacher/supervisor.
- In addition to the above, when selecting a non-commercial site, the site must include:
- a level field with practice area
- a long run-out at the bottom section of a larger hill
- proximity to warmth, food and other facilities
- Prior to initial use, when riding at a non-commercial site, teacher/ supervisor must do a safety ride-through to address safety and suitability.
- For off-road routes determine that permission of the landowner is obtained.
- Rules of the Trail for Off-Road Cycling must be reviewed.
- Ride on open trails only. Respect road closures.
- Instruction must be given on the proper position of a bicycle helmet (for example, brow of helmet is at eyebrow level).
- Students must cycle at a speed that allows them to control their bike in a safe manner.
- Students must be encouraged to anticipate other trail users, especially around corners, and establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass safely.
- Before going on mountain bike trails, students must demonstrate (to the teacher/supervisor) competency in:
- changing gears
- going up and down hills in control
- negotiating obstacles
- If rider is using clips on their pedals, they must demonstrate to teacher/supervisor competency with their use during initial instruction. The clips must be removed prior to going on trails if student cannot demonstrate competency in their use.
- Instruct participants to keep a safe distance from each other (for example, 2-3m) to prevent interference and collisions.
- Emphasis must be placed on controlled riding.
- Students must be informed that at any sign of difficulty they must dismount and walk their bikes until it is safe to resume riding.
- All riders must ride in groups of 3.
- If a person gets hurt, another person goes for help and the other stays with the injured individual.
- For non commercial sites, a record of students and the route they will be traveling must be left in the school with an appropriate person.
- Students must be aware of an emergency procedure in case of an accident.
- Racing must not be done as an in-class activity.
- No audio devices (for example, MP3 players) may be used.
- During initial instruction, on-site supervision is required.
- On mountain bike trails/routes, there must be a minimum of 1 teacher/supervisor per group.
- Ratio for Initial Instruction:
- Primary: 1 supervisor per 4 students
- Junior: 1 supervisor per 10 students
- Intermediate 1 supervisor per 12 students
- After initial instruction, in-the-area supervision is required.
- Ratio After Initial Instruction:
- Primary: 1 supervisor per 6 students
- Junior: 1 supervisor per 12 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.
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