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Cycling Education

York Region recognizes the importance of increasing bicycle safety knowledge and cycling opportunities to elementary school and high school students across the Region.  The programs and resources below aim to support schools, stakeholders and the public.

Making Tracks: Active Transportation Skills Training

York Region’s Making Tracks program is an active transportation education program geared towards elementary students in teaching safety and skills fundamentals in walking, cycling and scootering through a fun and informative way. The Making Tracks program is based on a train-the-trainer model involving teacher instruction to deliver the programming to their students through curriculum-based units designed with in-classroom learning and physical activity.

Making Tracks teaches:

  • Proper equipment selection and operation
  • Safety considerations and precautions to reduce risk
  • Hands-on active transportation skills to travel successfully and safely
  • Route awareness and planning to improve navigation and safety

Become a Making Tracks school today! The next leader training occurs in Spring 2019. For more information please contact cycling@york.ca or 1-877-464-9675 ext. 74957 if you are interested in bringing Making Tracks to your school or have any questions.

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Since 2016, the Making Tracks program has trained over 60 teachers and community leaders who are now bringing York Region students these important life skills, encouraging walking and rolling to and from school and an active and healthy lifestyle.

“Overall the kids really enjoyed the experience. It was a program that they showed a lot of enthusiasm for and keenly participated in.” – Grade 6 teacher

“The kids loved this and wish we had even more time with the scooters!” – Gym teacher

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Active and Safe Routes to School

Active and Safe Routes to School is an initiative geared towards encouraging families to choose active transportation for the trip to and from school. Active transportation programs encourage school communities to walk, wheel (cycle, scoot, wheelchair, skate) or bus to and from school. Active transportation increases physical activity and improves physical, mental and emotional health, while also benefiting our environment.

School Travel Planning is a collaborative process with York Region District and Catholic School Board’s Active and Safe Routes to School Coordinator and York Region Public Health nurses. Together school administrators, teachers, school board staff, parents, Public Health departments, Regional and Municipal staff work towards ensuring the school community is walk and bike friendly. York Region Public Health can support schools to implement an Active and Safe Routes to School Program focused on promoting active transportation to and from school.

http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca

http://net.schoolbuscity.com/active-safe-route-to-school

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Walking Wednesday Newsletter

Promoting Active Travel To and From School

Walking Wednesdays is a resource that encouraging families to choose active transportation for the trip to and from school instead of driving in a private vehicle.  

Walking Wednesday/Active transportation programs:

  • Are fun and engage the whole school community
  • Encourage school communities to walk, bike, take the bus and/or park and walk a block!
  • Are social! Spend time with family and friends, and meet new people
  • Enhance school safety by decreasing the volume of vehicles at school
  • Increase physical activity, improves physical, mental and emotional health while also benefiting our environment
  • Improve student success by improving health and wellness
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants

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Bicycle and Helmet Safety

Cycling is the most popular outdoor activity among young Canadians. Unfortunately, every year 50,000 children are seriously injured in bike related mishaps. Wearing a certified helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 85 per cent.

Children and youth (under 18) are required by law to wear a helmet with the chin strap clip fastened under the chin when cycling. Kids imitate their parents. Ninety-eight per cent of children will wear their helmets if their parents do, so wear one every time you ride.

Before age ten, most children do not have the skills to cycle safely on the road and they need help to make good choices. Children under nine years should cycle with responsible adults at all times.

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Bike Inspection

Begin each cycling season and each ride with a complete bike inspection. If your bike is not in perfect shape take it to a bike shop for a check-up. Check for:

  • Size of bike: Make sure your bike is the proper size. A bike that is too big or too small will be hard to control. You should be able to comfortably straddle the bike frame while standing flat footed on the ground. There should be at least a 2-3 inch gap between you and the top bar
  • Tire Pressure: Make sure your tires are properly inflated
  • Chain: Check the bike's chain to make sure it's clean and lubricated
  • Brakes: Check your brakes for even pressure. They should make your back wheels skid on dry pavement, but you don't want brakes that stick
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Components of a Safe Bike

Some bicycle equipment is required by law, while other equipment is recommended.

Required Equipment

  • Helmet: Cyclists under 18 are required by law to wear a helmet when cycling. The helmet has to be on your head and the chin strap clip must be fastened under the chin. Does your helmet fit properly?  Check our helmet fit brochure and see
  • Light and reflector: If you ride 30 minutes before sunset and/or 30 minutes before sunrise, you need a white light (not just a reflector) and a red rear reflector or red rear light
  • Bell or horn: A bell or horn that works must be attached to the bike
  • Reflective tape: White reflective tape on the front forks, red reflector tape on the front and rear stay

Recommended Equipment

  • Basket: Having a basket lets you keep your hands free for steering
  • Water Bottle: A water bottle and cage allow you to stay hydrated
  • Shoes: When cycling, wear shoes that cover your toes and back of your foot like running shoes
  • Bright Clothing: Reflective and bright clothing make you more visible to drivers when riding in the dark
  • Eyewear: Protective eyewear can keep the sun, bugs and wind from blinding you
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Cycling Safety Laws

Be Seen Be Heard Be Safe

Did you know?

Ontario law requires that you equip your bike with:

  • White reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks
  • A white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise
  • A bell or horn that works

Bicycle diagram showing accessory locations. For a detailed description of this diagram contact 1 877 464 9675 extension 74957.

Every cyclist under 18 years of age must wear an approved bicycle helmet

Helmets are not mandatory for adults, but wearing a helmet can help reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide.

We strongly recommend that all cyclists wear helmets.

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Traffic Laws and Fines

Your bicycle is considered a vehicle and falls under the jurisdiction of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)  The following are just some of the offences you could be fined for under the HTA:

  • Improper bicycle lighting: $20
  • Improper or no helmet (under 18): $60
  • Parent/guardian knowingly permit person under 16 – no helmet: $60
  • No bell/ no horn: $85
  • Ride in or along crosswalk: $85
  • Ride two on a bicycle: $85
  • Attachment to vehicle: $85
  • Disobey stop sign – fail to stop: $85
  • Fail to signal for turn: $85
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