As a registered charity and not-for-profit, New Hope Community Bikes offers extensive education opportunities to learn both bike repair skills as well as bicycle safety skills. New Hope Community Bikes has been providing bike repair and safety workshops for schools and community groups for the past 4 years in Hamilton and is widely regarded as the hub of cycling safety initiatives in the city.
Trained since 2015
Life Long Skills through Physical Literacy
Our education programs are designed to develop practical life-long skills through safe cycling. Using the Ontario physical health and education curriculum, our program is engaging and interactive, equipping students with new skills and cycling abilities. Ride Smart skills create safer riders and safer future drivers. The program is based on two reputable sources: CAN-Bike, the national standard for safe cycling programs, and the Guide to Ride curriculum created by Physical and Health Education Canada. A CAN-Bike certified, experienced instructor will be present at all Ride Smart events. The program has been successfully piloted at Lisgar Public School for the last two years and applied for funding for large scale expansion.
"Thank you, you changed my life" - Grade 5 Ride Smart Student at St. Lawrence School after learning to ride during the week long program.
Fully Self Supported
Our cycling education program is designed to minimize barriers to participation. Past experience has taught us that the success of cycling education in schools is dependent on students bringing their own bikes. Often students do not always have access to a bike in working condition, or are unable to bring their bike to school because of transportation issues.
To address this problem the Ride Smart Program has been designed to be completely self contained: we provide the bikes, helmets, instructors, resource materials and even the obstacles needed to set up different scenarios. A full class set of new bikes means that each student will use the same bike and helmet for the week. This format makes it very easy, even for teachers with little, to no cycling experience, to enrol their class in the program. We also provide a helmet and bicycle for the teacher too if they want to participate. The skills portion of the program can be run either outside on the pavement, or inside the gymnasium. Supplied bicycles will have clean tires and will not mark gym floors. Teacher time commitment outside of the program is minimal requiring only the collection of registration details prior to the beginning of the program.
Who Is It For?
Ride Smart programming is designed for Grade 4 through 7 students. Pilot programs have shown that this age group engages well with the material and excels at learning new cycling skills. Curriculum resources to support the cycling program from Physical Health and Education Canada are available for Grades 4-6. http://www.phecanada.ca/resources/guide-to-ride
The Ride Smart Program requires a week long commitment. To build required skills both inside and outside the classroom the program requires 4-5 class periods over the course of a week. This amount of time ensures that students are able to understand concepts and develop skills to a high level of competency. The teacher/school administration may decide to broaden the program reach to more than one class in their school. Ride Smart can be booked for up to three a.m. periods (3 classes), and three p.m. periods (3 classes) per day.
Want more info?
We are currently scheduling schools for indoor winter programs and spring outdoor programs.
Booking is first come first serve. Preference is given to schools with more than one class to enroll, ideally 4-5 classes per week.
After School Repair
We don’t want students to have a great cycling experience, learn new skills and then go home to a broken or unsafe bike. On a scheduled day during the program students will be encouraged to bring their own bike to school and we’ll tune it up and fix it on the spot after school. Skilled mechanics with a full set of tools and parts will make quick work of tune-ups, further reducing barriers to riding to school. Basic tune-ups usually cost anywhere from $30.00 - $50.00, but are included for each student with the $15.00 participation fee. Students will learn basic maintenance skills as part as the in class bike safety check and will be encouraged to participate in performing maintenance on their own bikes with the help of mechanics.
The cost per student is $15.00 for the week long program, this cost also includes the after school basic tune-up and repair. The participation fee goes towards covering staffing costs as all of the equipment has been supported through grant funding. If price is a barrier to participation for students, New Hope Community Bikes has limited subsidies available, contact us to see if your school qualifies.
Ride Smart encourages students to develop a decision making framework that will keep them safe as they ride. Based on the core teaching of CAN-Bike, students will learn how to make themselves: manoeuvrable, visible, predictable and able to communicate while they ride. These principles are reinforced in the classroom and in skill building activities and can be applied to all riding situations. Our education program supports the following curriculum outcomes:
Health and Safety, Injury Prevention
Basic traffic concepts and rules
Appreciation of the bike as a vehicle
Importance of wearing a helmet and appropriate clothing
Traffic signs and traffic dynamics
Safe cyclists make safe drivers
Benefits of cycling, healthy lifestyle
Cycling skills, balance, motion, control of bicycle.
Promoting cycling as a life long activity
Environmental benefits of cycling
Responsible citizenship, sharing the road
Reduced carbon footprint
Plot safe cycle routes around the city on a map
Draw area circle to indicate bike-able distance and time required on map.
Use online mapping programs such as Google maps or Mapmyride to determine bike route distances.
Learn bicycle component names and how different mechanical systems of a bicycle work.
Calculate cost of riding a bicycle versus driving a car, ownership of both
Determine how to set up a bicycle computer - using principles of measurement, circumference.
Calculate time required to travel distance on a map