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.

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Bike Ed Pilot Program for Schools - Term 2 2021

The Department of Transport is redeveloping the Bike Ed program and we have an opportunity for primary schools and secondary schools (years 7-9) to run a pilot program for the new Bike Ed. Taking part in the pilot means that you will receive a range of resources to run the program. You will also receive grant money to assist with the purchase of any infrastructure (helmets, bikes etc.) or to put toward teacher training (accreditation, CRT cover etc) needs that will help to run the program.

The new Bike Ed program contains 3 modules in primary school (for grades P-2, 3-4 and 5-6) and one module for early secondary school, with the progression being to have students learn bike riding skills, then learning off-road path riding skills and then moving to developing on-road skills and confidence. The new program is being developed so as to be as easy as possible for Physical Education teachers to run within the existing school environment and will include unit plans, lesson plans and class resources. Each program will contain between 7-8.5 hours of lessons and activities (8-10 lessons of 45 minutes) which can be completed flexibly to suit your school. The program has been developed with input from ACHPER and other educational stakeholders.

The requirements for running the Bike Ed pilot program will be:

  • Must run during the beginning of term 2, with completion by May 24 (ie, end of week 5)
  • Complete student and parent evaluation. This will demonstrate whether the program is effective and engaging.
  • Leaders of out-of-school rides must have Bike Ed accreditation, or become accredited prior to the out of school rides. Grants are available to help teachers and volunteers gain accreditation, as well as covering related CRT costs. The out-of-school rides will happen at the end of the program and one accredited rider must accompany each group whilst on excursion.

Grants of up to $4000 will be available to schools to help them undertake a Bike Ed pilot. School applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Commitment to completing the Bike Ed pilot and evaluation surveys within the time period.
  2. How the grant money will help improve cycling education at the school.
  3. Commitment that at least one Bike Ed accredited teacher or helper will be present on any out-of-school rides.

If you wish to be considered for the Bike Ed pilot program or have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Transport as soon as possible at [email protected] with your name, school name and contact details including your email address.

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. 

To find out what is available in your local area contact your local council or the road safety coordinator for your region.

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 by CyclingSafe.

CyclingSafe is an independent provider and is not affiliated with VicRoads.

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 
Kangaroo Flat* RoadSafe Central Victoria  0400 192 082
[email protected] 
Lara Lara Secondary College  (03) 5282 8988 
Leongatha  Wonthaggi Police Station  (03) 5671 4100
[email protected] 
Maldon  Blue Light Youth Camp 

(03) 5475 2033
bluelightcamp.com.au (External link)

Manningham  VicRoads Burwood 
(03) 9881 8972
Mansfield  St. Mary's Primary School  (03) 5775 2670 
Maribyrnong RoadSafe Westgate 

Road Safety Officer
(03) 9688 0200
roadsafewestgate.com.au 

Metro Melbourne  Jamshan Pty Ltd  0407 352 126
[email protected] 
Mildura  Mildura Rural City Council  (03) 5018 8449
[email protected] 
Morwell Latrobe City Depot  (03) 5128 5664 
Rainbow  Rainbow Secondary College 
0429 022 739
(03) 5395 1027
Swan Hill  VicRoads Northern Region 
John Lockie
0407 353 390
Swan Hill 
 
Central Murray Community Road Safety Council  0400 057 022
[email protected] 
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) 5671 4100
Yarragon  First Track Adventures 
0427 342 761

* This trailer contains equipment for the BikeEd Challenge and does not contain bikes. 

 

The Bike Ed Instructor’s Manual 

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

Bike Ed Manual - Contents [PDF 48 Kb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 1: Getting Started [PDF 6.8 Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 2: Basic bike skills [PDF 6.9 Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 3: Building skills for riding in traffic [PDF 8 Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 4: Riding on paths [PDF 3.1 Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Module 5: Riding on-road [PDF 8.1 Mb]
Bike Ed Manual - Planning  [PDF 8 Mb]

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 is available in the following languages:

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.

Checklists

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

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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 have 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
  • A Feasibility study into opportunities to improve the current delivery model.
  • A BikeEd Curriculum Scope Report
     

What happens next?

Curriculum redesign

The project team is currently redesigning the Bike Ed program to have flexible and customisable modules that focus on the rider’s skills and knowledge levels, including: 

  • Starting out
  • Path to road
  • Getting on the road

How can I get involved? 

We’ll be engaging schools and community groups to be involved in developing and trialling the new BikeEd program. 

If you’re interested in being involved, want to keep informed of the progress of the development of the new program, or have any specific questions, please get in touch. 

Email: [email protected] 

 

What other assistance is available?

There are a number of community organisations that have trained and enthusiastic Bike Ed assistants who can help schools throughout Victoria to deliver Bike Ed.

Ride2School

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

Ride2School website

[email protected]

[email protected] website 

Cycling unlimited

Cycling Unlimited website 
VicRoads does not approve or endorse any provider on the list. The names and contact details are provided for information purposes only.

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