Way2Go Bike Ed is a component of the Way2Go program offered to primary schools by the Department of Infrastructure (DIT). Way2Go schools promote safe, green and active travel. Bike SA is contracted by DIT to deliver the Way2Go Bike Ed program in SA primary schools. Through participation in the program students aged 9-13 develop confidence and personal cycling safety skills as well as responsible riding behaviours.
Delivered both in the school grounds and on local roads, students are prepared for on-road cycling and learn the skills and attitudes required for safe cycling in low to medium traffic environments.
The aim is for students to develop the skills and confidence to ride their bike to and from school more regularly throughout the school year.
Way2Go Bike Ed is delivered to schools in both metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia. Last term 3 teams of Bike SA instructors, with loaded vans (including 15 bikes and helmets for students who don’t have access to a bike) delivered the program over five to seven weeks to 28 schools reaching 1946 students. Instructors cater for all learning styles and abilities. Last term, 52 students were from IELC (Intensive English language centre) classes and/or had special education needs. They included nine deaf students for whom instructors used less verbal instruction and practical riding demonstrations techniques that included additional hand signal instructions.
This year we will deliver the program in 102 schools across the state, engaging a fourth team of Instructors for part of the year!
The program is getting bigger and better with on-going delivery modifications to enhance engagement and participation and we are proud that this State government-funded initiative delivers best practice child bicycle education.