Bike to School with a School Bike Club!
The School Bike Club program is designed to help you, your school, and your children get a leg up to a healthier and more enjoyable way to get to school (or just around your neighbourhood). Our experienced bike instructors and volunteers will help your bike club get off the ground - including helping you host a bike safety day at your school, and in getting you bike lights to keep safe on the roads!
Why start a bike club?
- It gives students and their families the opportunity to learn safe urban cycling skills
- Develops independent thinking skills
- Encourages an active lifestyle at an early age
- Promotes active learning about the community, environment and road rules
- Studies show a direct correlation between activity and test scores
Bike Baton Rouge will help :
- Co-ordinate between you and your school to get the Bike Club started
- Organize and lead your first Bike Safety Day
- Provide bike lights to participants to keep them safe and visible
requirements to start a bike club :
- Your school must have a place to park bikes
- Your Bike Club must have a public contact person for the club (email or phone) that we can publish
- Your Bike Club must hold a Bike Safety Day (Bike Baton Rouge volunteers will lead this event)
- Hold one major bike ride / bike event annually (or more often!)
HOW TO START A BIKE CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
- Recruit one bike club leader amongst the school's parents and one amongst the leaders (you might be one of these!)
- Talk to students and adults at the school to gauge interest in a bike club - involve as many as possible in organizing a kick-off event that will appeal to them - with a ride to a nearby park or other destination
Organize a Bike Safety Day event
- The best place to hold the Bike Safety Day is at your school. Be sure to talk to your principal to get permission and to help with advertisement.
- Contact Bike Baton Rouge to lead the event, which will include the ABCs of biking, a bike obstacle course, and a 'crash course' on traffic rules.
- To get participation, create a handout, send out an email, include in your school newsletter and create an event on Facebook. Ask your school to help get the word out.
- Reach out to local media to cover the event.