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.
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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