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.

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 (see below). All other components of the Bike Ed resource are available to download below.

Bike Ed Program Materials

The Bike Ed Instructor’s Manual 

The Bike Ed Instructor’s Manual ($34.50) 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.

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. Visit the 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.

View Ed's Excellent Bike Ed Adventure DVD (External link)

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.

Sample letters

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
Benalla Benalla East Primary School
(03) 5762 1646
Benalla St. Mary's Primary School, Mansfield  (03) 5775 2670 
Brunswick East Lygon Cycles
(03) 9387 0412
Fitzroy Fitzroy Police
(03) 9934 6400
Korumburra Korumburra Primary School
(03) 5655 1309 
Lara Lara Secondary College  (03) 5282 8988 
Leongatha  South Gippsland Specialist School  (03) 5662 4496 
Maldon  RoadSafe Central Victoria 
0400 130 183
Mildura  Mildura Rural City Council 
(03) 5018 8449
Morwell  LaTrobe City Depot  (03) 5128 5664 
Orbost North  Orbost North Primary School  (03) 5154 1217 
Puckapunyal  Puckapunyal Primary School 
(03) 5793 1288
Rainbow  Rainbow Secondary College 
0429 022 739
(03) 5395 1027
Sale  Araluen Primary School  (03) 5144 2111 
Shepparton  Goulburn Valley RoadSafe 
Peter Stonehouse
0428 288 619
Swan Hill  VicRoads Northern Region 
John Lockie
Senior Statewide Projects Coordinator
0407 353 390
Swan Reach  C/O Swan Reach Primary School 
Kate Earl
0408 178 179
Wangaratta (rear of Bicycle Superstore)  NorthEast RoadSafe 
Robbie Allen
0408 318 162 
Werribee  Wyndham City Council  (03) 9742 8160 
Wonthaggi  Wonthaggi Police Station 
(03) 5672 1222
Yarragon  First Track Adventures 
0427 342 761

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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