In 2018, the City of Ottawa reported a catastrophic 226 cyclist injuries and fatalities. In addition to cyclists having a thorough knowledge of road rules, motorists must also understand that bicycles are vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act and are therefore required to respect a cyclist’s right to ride on the street. Education and awareness that starts with our youngest road users can help to play an important role in preventing serious road accidents and fatalities with cyclists.
CycleSafe Program Options for Community Groups and Summer Camps
The CycleSafe program is offered year-round. For the sake of flexibility and logistics, we have a few options available for programming. The same safety concepts are taught in both the indoor and outdoor sessions. The main difference is students will be able to practice the safety concepts while riding their bikes in the outdoor sessions. It is NOT necessary for students to have their bikes to gain safety awareness and learn the concepts the sessions cover.
All 3 modules – 3 hour program
Best for kids ages 11 and up, max group size 50, out-doors (paved space needed, weather-dependent (May, June, July & August only), all children must have their own bikes and helmets). For this program we will need the assistance of 2-3 volunteers (Camp counselors, Scouters, parents etc.)
60–90 minute program – Outdoors
Max group size 30 (only covers the most age appropriate module), out-doors (paved space needed, weather-dependent (May, June, July & August only), all children must have their own bikes and helmets). No additional volunteers needed.
60–90 minute program – Indoors
Max group size 30 (only covers the most age appropriate module), in-doors (gym or large room), no bikes or helmets needed, available year-round as requested.
About the CycleSafe Program
Unique features of the OSCs CycleSafe program include:
- Concepts can be taught completely without bikes (or with bikes if logistics allow)
- Can be done in-doors year-round (or out-doors if weather permits)
- Age-appropriate – different modules and safety concepts taught at each level based on how much children will be cycling on their own and levels of understanding
- Fun, hands-on, experiential
- Tied to Ontario Curriculum requirements
- Encourages students and their families to take our Road Safety SMARTS pledge at the end
“On behalf of the Elmdale School Community I wanted to extend a sincere thanks to Jordan & Justine from the Ottawa Safety Council for attending the Elmdale Spring Fling and putting on the bike rodeo for families within our school. Both were excellent ambassadors for your program and the bike rodeo was an excellent addition to our event overall. We added a bike wash as well as a bike decorating station which were well received and added to the overall presentation”.
–Parent, Safe Transportation Committee, Elmdale Public School
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