When young people gain competence and confidence, they can enjoy bike riding more.

Student learning to ride on road.

Cycle education brings together experienced instructors and your child's teacher to deliver learning experiences based on national guidelines and teaching resources.

Cycle skills instructors help your child learn how to handle their bike, be respectful of others and how to ride on the road (when ready). Each child gets feedback to help their next steps.

Teachers ensure the instructors know about any special needs. Teachers also continue the learning in the classroom, using BikeReady teaching resources. These help reinforce what students know about safe and skilled bike riding.

What your child's experience may look like

Age 4-6

Learns to ride a bike at home with help from family and whānau.

Age 8+

Experienced instructors run cycle skills training in the school grounds. Your child brings their bike to school if they have one. They learn to turn, to use one hand to signal and to look all around while riding. They also look at what makes a safe bike and helmet.

Classroom learning gets your child working in subjects like science, maths and health to think critically and creatively about the causes and consequences of skilled riding.

Age 10+

Experienced instructors return to the school. Instructors take students who are ready out on quiet local roads as an introduction to riding.

Your child learns about observation techniques, defensive riding strategies, the road rules and riding in the right position to "see and be seen".

How you can be involved

Help your child learn the basics of bike riding. BikeReady has tips for doing this:

Teach your kids to ride a bike