The most common place to do the program is in a parking lot. Most schools will section off a part of their parking lot for the program. You can also do the program on the tracl, any large concrete slab, tennis court etc. It really comes down to what the school is comfortable with. We have done programs at all the mentioned spots!
We provide up to 54 bikes and enough helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards for the class. In addtion, we provide custom bike ramps, a liability waiver, permission slip and detailed lesson plans.
There is a one time fee per student which is collected by the school. The price is anywhere from $10-20 per student. It depends on the size of the school and how long the equipment is needed. We have a minimum number of students in order for us to bring our program to your school.
The minimum cost for our program is 10$ per student with a 300 student minimum. For smaller schools the cost is 20$ per student with a 150 student minimum. If you would like to make money back for your school you can charge a little more for the program, please contact us and we can send you additional information about how this works.
Since we have a student minimum, we can waive the fee for any student who can't afford it. All we would need is for their parent to sign the permission slip. We want every student to be able to participate!
We designed our program for grades 3-8. We modify the lessons and activities based on the grade level. The middle school program is more difficult than the Elementary school one.
I am a former Elementary school teacher and designed the lessons with the teacher in mind. We will send you detailed lesson plans 2 weeks before the start of the program.
At the moment, our program can handle class sizes up to 100 students. If your classes are over 50 students, then the students must be split into 2 groups and take turns riding on the bikes.
For example, if your biggest class is 80, then the class will be split into 2 groups of 40. One group of 40 will be riding the bikes for the entire class and the other 40 will be doing doing a regular P.E activity. This setup will require at least 2 teachers. One teacher will teach to the bike group and the other will teach the regular P.E activity to the other group. The next time this class meets, the 2 groups will switch.
If your classes are this large, it is reccomended that 2 people teach the bike group. It's not required, but for a group of 40-50, it would be ideal to have 2 people teaching the class. A parent volunteer or a teacher aide, alongside the P.E teacher, would be helpful
The program varies in length from 1-3 weeks. Ultimately, it comes down to how big the classes are and how often the students have P.E class. For a rotating schedule, you may need the equipment for 2-3 weeks. If the students take P.E every day, the program can be finished in 1-2 weeks. IF you would like to lengthen or shorten the program we can do that as well.
There are 2 options for storing the bikes. If the logistics allow for it, the bikes can be stored inside. We prefer that the bikes are stored inside but this is not required.
If you cannot store the bikes inside, they can be stored outside. We will provide a long bike cable, padlocks and a tarp to cover and lockup the bikes to a lightpole (or something similiar). Some teachers ask a few students to help after the last class. For 2 adults, it takes roughly 20 min to put away the ramps and lock up the bikes.
We provide a few extra "buffer" days in case a few classes get rained out and they need to be made up.
We tune up all the bikes before we drop them off and include a few spare bikes so you wont have to do any major repair. If your school requires the bikes longer than 2 weeks, we will send someone out to quickly tune up the bikes at the halfway mark. You wont need to change a tire or anything complicated.
We provide a handful of pedal-less "balance" bikes for students who absolutely cannot ride at all. It is agreed upon in the cycling community that pedal-less bikes are superior to training wheels. Training wheels are outdated, dangerous and doesn't truly teach someone to ride a bike. Also, it's not possible to ride over a bike ramp with training wheels. Pedal-less bikes can still ride over ramps, which makes them a perfect fit for our program!