Bike Ed

Bike Ed is delivered in schools and community settings. The program helps children aged 9 to 13 years develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.

About Bike Ed 

The program involves a mix of practical activities conducted off-road (in the school grounds) and on-road (on local roads) together with classroom activities. The Bike Ed Instructor's Manual is the key component of Bike Ed. The manual consists of five modules:

  • getting started
  • basic bike skills
  • building skills for riding in traffic
  • riding on paths and riding on-road.

The Bike Ed Instructor's Manual is available for sale or download (see below). Additional Bike Ed resources are also available for download below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Bike Ed?

Bike Ed aims to enable students to:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the road traffic environment and the road rules
  • develop the physical and cognitive skills to manage the road traffic environment safely as a cyclist
  • develop responsible behaviours, attitudes and decision-making skills for the safe use of bicycles both on and off the road through participation in enjoyable learning experiences relevant to their ages and abilities.

Bike Ed inspires children to develop their bicycle riding skills and their physical capability. Other benefits include enhanced health, fitness and wellbeing, confidence and independence and learning and social development.

Who can teach Bike Ed?

Bike Ed is delivered in schools and community settings. It is often delivered by teachers. However, municipalities, the police and community groups/volunteers can play a role in supporting the implementation of Bike Ed programs in schools. 

How can I get my Bike Ed instructor qualification?

Bicycle Safety Education Instructor Training for teachers and other school support personnel is delivered at local venues throughout the state.

The instructor certificate lasts for 5 years. People who have held the certificate for more than 5 years need to do a short refresher course.

Many of our students do not own bikes or do not ride to school. Do you provide equipment to run Bike Ed?

VicRoads and other organisations provide bicycle trailers with student bicycles, adult bicycles, helmets, vests and dome markers. The bicycle trailers are available for hire but demand is often high so they need to be booked well ahead. Contact details are provided in the table below.

Suburb Name Contact details
Ballarat VicRoads Ballarat Office
(03) 5333 8739
Colac Corangamite  RoadSafe Otway
Cliff McAliece 
0418 532 500
Fitzroy Fitzroy Police
(03) 9934 6400
Geelong Corio-Norlane Lions Club
John McKinnin 
0419 319 664 
Lara Lara Secondary College  (03) 5282 8988 
LaTrobe (Morwell)  LaTrobe City Depot  (03) 5128 5664 
Leongatha  Wonthaggi Police Station  (03) 5662 4496 
Maldon  Blue Light Youth Camp 

(03) 5475 2033 (External link)

Maldon  RoadSafe Central Victoria 
0400 130 183
Manningham  VicRoads Burwood 
(03) 9881 8972
Mansfield  St. Mary's Primary School  (03) 5775 2670 
Maribyrnong RoadSafe Westgate 

Road Safety Officer
(03) 9688 0200 

Metro Melbourne  Jamshan Pty Ltd  0407 352 126
[email protected] 
Mildura  Mildura Rural City Council  (03) 5018 8449
[email protected] 
Rainbow  Rainbow Secondary College 
0429 022 739
(03) 5395 1027
Shepparton  Orrvale Primary School 
(03) 5829 2490
Swan Hill  VicRoads Northern Region 
John Lockie
0407 353 390
Swan Hill 
Central Murray Community Road Safety Council  0400 057 022
[email protected] 
Swan Reach  Swan Reach Primary School 
Kate Earl
0408 178 179
Wangaratta  NorthEast RoadSafe 
Robbie Allen
0408 318 162 
Werribee  Wyndham City Council  (03) 9742 8160 
Whitehorse  VicRoads Burwood 
(03) 9881 8972
Wonthaggi  Wonthaggi Police Station 
(03) 5672 1222
Yarragon  First Track Adventures 
0427 342 761

The Bike Ed Instructor’s Manual 

The Bike Ed Instructor’s Manual ($37.20) is available to purchase by visiting our online bookshop, or calling us on (03) 8391 3255. The manual contains important information on planning and implementing Bike Ed.

Bke Ed Manual - Contents [PDF 48Kb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 1: Getting Started [PDF6.8Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 2: Basic bike skills [PDF6.9Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 3: Building skills for riding in traffic [PDF8Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 4: Riding on paths [PDF3.1Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 5: Riding on-road [PDF8.1Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Planning  [PDF8Mb]

A Family Guide to Bike Ed

Information for parents on supporting their child’s riding skills development, the need for correct riding gear and a safe bike, and safer places to ride.

Other languages:

A Family Guide to Bike Ed has been translated into 5 different languages. View languages section.

Bike Ed Certificates

Three Bike Ed Certificates are available for teachers to print for their students as they progress through the program.

Ed's Excellent Bike Ed Adventure DVD

A story that follows Ed as he discovers his bike brain and learns to ride safely on the road. This short DVD reinforces key learning for students in a fun way.

Traffic sign cards

Vehicle cards

For use during riding activities when simulating traffic situations to develop scanning skills.

Cycling scenes

Colourful images with teaching notes, provided in PowerPoint.


The checklists are designed for use during riding activities to ensure that all riding manoeuvres are covered.

Sample letters

VicRoads is undertaking a review of the Bike Ed program which is delivered in schools and community settings. 

VicRoads is reviewing the Bike Ed program with the goal of modernising the curriculum and increasing safe participation of students, schools and the wider community in the program.

To date the following has been undertaken to support the review:

  • A Bike Ed advisory panel established. 
  • Three key research products have been commissioned.
    • 1. A literature review examining best-practice programs, psycho-social milestones and enablers and barriers to cycling participation. 
    • 2. The development of cycling education framework for young and older students of cycling
    • 3. Stakeholder interviews 
  • Consultation with Victorian and interstate jurisdictions

What happens next?

Feasibility study

The project team is currently conducting an independent feasibility assessment that examines the viability of different options for Bike Ed, and any possible variations. 

VicRoads has appointed Deloitte to support with the feasibility assessment, to help identify ways to improve the current delivery approach and develop a roadmap for its introduction.

The joint project team of Deloitte and VicRoads will use input from partnering government agencies, interstate government-led bicycle education programs, local government and community representatives to inform the delivery model design.

When will I get a say? 

When the feasibility study is complete in September 2018, VicRoads will commence further engagement. 

Contact us

If you have any specific questions about the review, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected] 


What other assistance is available?

The Ride2School program has a group of trained and enthusiastic Bike Ed assistants who can help schools throughout Victoria to deliver Bike Ed.

Contact Ride2School on (03) 8636 8888 for more information.

Ride2School website(External link)

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