Bike Wise 101 – resources for teachers
Being a teacher is a busy job so we’ve created a menu of cycling ideas, resources and links to help you inspire your students to find out more about cycling. These include:
- links to resources
- books for children to read about cycling
- topics to explore
- where to find information on safe cycling
- Bikes in Schools
- design your own school bike track.
- Find examples of NZ students work about cycling
- To learn about a cycle skills training course or to find relevant contacts in your area, contact the NZ Police School Community Officer, Council Road Safety Coordinator or Cycling New Zealand
- For parents, whanau and caregivers here are six things to do before sending your children to school on their bikes
- Find lots of stories at the NZ Police School Portal
- The NZ Transport Agency safe travel to school poster Hike it, Bike it, Scoot it, Skate it (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Books about bikes and stories about cycling:
- 7 books about bikes every child should read
- Pedalling propaganda: bike books for kids
- History of cycling in New Zealand
- What is the future of cycling?
- Will more people use electric bikes?
- Will there be new types of bikes? Will more people cycle?
- Where do you park your bike in the future?
Here are a few links to get you started:
- Sky cycle and the Hovenring are two possibilities for cycling in the future
- Ginzvelo – Hybrid bikes
- Bike parking in the Netherlands
- Electric bikes
There are many forms of cycling, for some people the bike is just a means of transport but for others it’s for health, fun, or sport. Students can explore the various forms of cycling and may want to further investigate how to get involved.
Suggestions to include:
- image of the bike used
- description of the type of cycling
- image of someone doing the activity – it could be a friend, someone in your community or a cycling star like Julian Dean or Sarah Ulmer
- what you like about this type of cycling
- how to get involved.
Types of cycling
Road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking, BMX, cyclo cross, bike touring, commuting, randonneuring and many more.
- Visit Wikipedia to find out more about each type of cycling
- Visit NZ BMX Olympian Sarah Walker’s official website
- Find out more about NZ Olympic cyclist Sarah Ulmer
Write and create images for a magical bicycle journey using aliens and friends
Using a cycling poster from the Internet write a poem that tells people about the picture
Design a ‘pick a path’ game about cycling around your local area using Google Maps
Write and illustrate a 10 step comic strip description of a fixing a tyre on a bike
- Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of cycling in NZ
- Find out more about velocipedes
- Awesome cycling Lego ideas
- Investigate the term ‘bike boom’
- Latest BBC bike innovations
- Visit Pinterest for cycling infographics
Seven point safety check
Before cycling to school make sure you check your bike and helmet – the Bike Wise seven point safety check pocket pamphlet is an ideal resource, download the digital version (PDF, 1.4 MB).
Bike Wise safety fact sheet for cyclists
Cycling to school can be a great way to get exercise, develop confidence and learn to share the road safely with motorists and other people on bikes. Before getting on your bike, read the Cycling to school safely (PDF, 3.7MB) fact sheet.
The cyclist’s road code
Cyclists share the roads with motor vehicles. If you are a cyclist, for your own safety and the safety of other road users, you must follow the road rules and have the right equipment.
Find a way to share the NZ Transport Agency’s road rules and equipment fact sheet with your class.
Bikes in Schools is a programme with the goal of getting school children riding bikes in school, in a safe environment. Enabled through the Bike On NZ Charitable Trust, bike tracks are built in school grounds and supported with new bikes and helmets. The programme also helps the school establish bike storage facilities and find a bike coach to introduce the programme and teach basic riding skills. You can also see what types of tracks can be built.
Is there a bike track in a school near you?
This map shows which schools have a Bikes in Schools cycle track package. There are 50 participating schools in New Zealand already.
You could make a 3D track using found materials or perhaps use Minecraft or Scratch to create a track. Once you have designed your bike track show your principal and then share it with the Bike Wise team.