LIFECycle’s Spring Break and Summer bike camps are a fun way for youth to enjoy their time off while gaining valuable lessons in safe bike travel within their community. The goal of LIFECycle’s camps is to show youth how easy and safe it can be to travel around their neighbourhood and city. Thanks to the daily practice, riding awareness and skill greatly increases during the five days spent at camp.

Each camp is led by two LIFECycle instructors, with a maximum of 10 youth attending each camp. Youth meet at a local park or community centre as ‘home base’ for the week.

The start of camp is spent assessing each child’s riding skill and doing a full bike safety check. No one goes out on the road without first passing some basic skill tests and having a safe and well-adjusted bike.

The week of camp can be run with themes (environment, art, community engagement) and always includes visits to local parks, community centres and bike shops.

Every ride is preempted by the youth doing their own bike safety check, and discussing the destinations and routes for the day.

Attendees are given ample time to ride to and from locations, with snack and water breaks built in.

The camps are kept small and manageable, so all youth are able to be watched and guided by LIFECycle’s instructors for maximum learning and safety.

We found your classroom sessions practical, informative and well paced. Yesterday was a wonderful day. I believe the active participation was the key. Providing the opportunity for the students to practice what they learned is important. Lots of bikes at school today! Usually only about 2–3, today there were 25!

Leslie Langford
Hammond Elementary

I believe that this trip may be life altering for some of these students…Thank you for your contribution to the growth of our students.

Jacquie Hall
J.W. Sexsmith Elementary

The presentation on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hammond Elementary with my Grade 3 class was top notch. The students learned a lot! I even learned about helmet fitting and how to place a bicycle on the bus rack — it shows that one is never too old to learn. What a super program!

Ellen Mallot
Hammond Elementary