These classes are based on curricula developed by the
of American Bicyclists. The classes that are offered through the Palo Alto Recreation
Department are co-sponsored by the Palo Alto PTA Council. I also give classes by
private arrangement to families, school groups or youth organizations. For
information on other classes and resources, and for details of the curriculum,
see this page. For more information, contact me using
the information at the bottom of the page.
Bringing up Bicyclists
how to teach your children to become safe and responsible bicyclists
This class is for parents or guardians of children up to age 10. This
differences between children and adults when cycling,
basic requirements for parents to help their children ride safely
mistakes children make when bicycling
basic skills that need to be taught
how to evaluate a child's skills and encourage proper development
presentations also cover helmet selection and fit, bicycle selection and fit,
and include viewing of the video “A Kid’s Eye View”. This class is taught
in a classroom setting, and there is no actual bike riding. Participants are
encouraged to bring their own bike helmet for the helmet-fitting session.
Here is a pdf flyer
these classes in general (i.e. no specific dates or locations)
I can also arrange to give this class to any group of interested parents.
The class size should be between 10 and 50, with a room and projector screen
provided. Cost is $150, discounts available for special cases.
Bike Rodeo for children up to age 10
This event is held on school blacktop or in an empty parking lot. The
students ride their bikes on specially-constructed courses, each of which
emphasizes a particular skill. I give these events only by special request, and
the requester is responsible for providing the location, the materials and a
group of adults to provide assistance. This rodeo is the program used in
third grade in Palo Alto public schools. The course diagrams and descriptions
can be found at:
Cost depends on the amount of time required for planning, preparation, the
event itself and clean-up. Use $75 per hour as a planning guide, with 1-2 hours
for the event itself, depending on the number of students.
This should be considered an event that I help
the school to organize, rather than something that I do myself. The
number of volunteers required is beyond my ability to supply.
I helped Oak Knoll school in Menlo Park put on a rodeo
in the fall of 2006, and they were able to do it themselves the next
I helped White Oak Elementary School in San Carlos
to put on a rodeo in September, 2007. They should be able to do it
without my assistance in the future.
Middle School Bike Skills
This class is for children ages 10-14 with a parent or guardian. The emphasis
is on interacting safely with traffic. The classes cover:
the basics of traffic law
basic bike and helmet fitting
the most common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them
how to position yourself properly on the road
how to let drivers know your intentions
how to deal with left turns and 4-way stops
course begins with a classroom-style discussion, then moves to
skills practice in
a blacktop area, and finishes with a ride around the neighborhood with immediate
feedback about safe riding practices. Total time is 3-4 hours. One parent or
guardian must register and attend from each family. Everyone should bring a bike and
Here is a Palo Alto Weekly article on these classes, published June 21,
Unfortunately the classes are
not being offered at this time.
Cost is $27 per person for Palo Alto residents, $31 per person for
non-residents. Total for one child and one adult is $54/$62
This class will be given at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.
Here is a link to a Google map to Cubberley,
here is a map of rooms at the Center.
To register by FAX or mail , use the ENJOY catalog.
Forms and online registration are available at
To check availability, go to
select Activities, and search for the class number or do an advanced
search on the keyword bike. Then
click on a class to see if there are any spaces left.
Here is a pdf flyer
about these classes in general, with no specific dates
Drive That Bike
Group Presentation for Students ages 10-14
This presentation is suitable for an assembly of 20-120 students. It was
developed in conjunction with Traffic Safe Communities Network and Silicon
Valley Bicycle Coalition and has been
presented in local middle schools and at Boy Scout meetings. The format is that
of a game show:
The audience is divided into several teams which compete by answering
Each question has four possible answers which are projected on the screen
Teams have 30 seconds to confer and select an answer for the team
After the team's answers have been recorded and the correct answer has been
revealed, I explain why that answer is correct, using diagrams, photos and
short video clips
The questions cover basic bike safety and can also include some on
The game takes about an hour, and can be followed by helmet-fitting if the
group is not too large and if the students have brought their helmets.
Facility requirements are a room large enough for the group, chairs, and a
projection screen. A PA system is a welcome addition for very large groups.
Prizes for the winners are the responsibility of the organizing group.
An on-bike skills practice session in a parking lot is a valuable addition to
the game show. It requires adequate space (school blacktop or empty parking
lot), several volunteers, and an hour or so of preparation to lay out the
courses and train the volunteers, in addition to the time for the students to
master the courses. More details can be provided upon request.