What is a Bike Rodeo?
Bike rodeos are clinics where children and youth can learn how to ride a bicycle in a fun and safe environment. Younger students learn about the basics of bicycling, including signaling, traffic laws, bicycle handling, and more. Older, and more experienced students, practice maneuvering, riding with others, and dealing with different traffic scenarios. Bike Rodeos are typically one day events organized by schools, community partners, and families.
How can I learn more about Bike Rodeos?
Use this list of resources to find a bike rodeo program near you or to design your own:
An Organizer’s Guide to Bicycle Rodeos provides a step-by-step approach to hosting a bike rodeo in your community.
Marin County Safe Routes to Schools has two classes: an Advanced Bicycle Safety Class for 4th grade students, as well as a 6th grade alternative. The 4th grade resources include lesson objectives, procedures, materials, as well as the diagrams and information needed to host a bike rodeo. The Advanced Bicycle Safety Class for 6th grade students covers the “Drive that Bike” multimedia presentation and Outdoor Bike Drills class.
Safe Kids Sonoma County has developed the Herb Greenberg Bicycle Rodeo Kit Guide, which provides a timeline for planning the Bike Rodeo and example sign-up forms and waivers.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has information and links to resources about education curriculum on their website.
The League of American Bicyclists offers Youth Bicycle Safety Classes and provides instructor trainings around the country.
YBike offers bicycle safety rodeos at elementary schools and community events in addition to after-school bike clubs, two-week bicycling and bicycle safety units in physical education classes, and youth and family bike classes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an online Cycling Skills Clinic Guide to help teachers and program providers plan and initiate a bicycle safety skills event.