Youth Cycling Program
We help students from grades 2 to 12 learn bicycle safety through lessons, practice, and having fun. Boston Public Schools (BPS) are invited to apply for our program in the fall and spring each year. We typically visit each school for two weeks. We can sometimes accommodate one-week sessions for smaller schools.
YCP is a tremendous confidence builder for beginners and total enjoyment for those with more skills. YCP is helping lay the foundation for a more bicycle friendly Boston.
Our BPS hosts are often physical education teachers or principals, but any teacher can coordinate and host our visit. More than 38,000 young Bostonians have participated in the program since 2009.
How to apply
About our program
We typically visit schools for two weeks. We aim to see each group of students four times during our visit.
During our first session with students, we conduct a classroom-based interactive bike safety workshop. We discuss why it's important to wear a helmet and follow traffic laws and how to safely maneuver a bike. These lessons are required before we get on bikes and will be age-appropriate.
During later sessions, student activities are on bikes. We use a variety of drills and games to reinforce the lessons of the week and practice bicycle handling skills. Older students may go on a group ride to local paths or parks.
NOTE: We will try to accommodate smaller schools with a single-week session. We will still need to students at least three times during that week.
Two Boston Bikes instructors will be at participating schools at all times. Our instructors will serve as the bicycle experts. We size your students for helmets and bikes, lead bicycle activities, and more.
Teachers serve as the lead in group management, behavior, discipline, and first aid. School hosts are responsible for coordination and logistics between our team and the school team, including the principal and all participating teachers.