There is no doubt that enthusiasm and passion for implementing bike education in the school from a key decision-maker/influencer is necessary. However, there are a couple of practical things that are also required:
• A space to store 15-20 bikes undercover. A 3m x 3m space would suffice.
• Four (or more) teachers and/or parents who are interested in undertaking Instructor training. Training is a mix of online learning, with a practical session and will take approximately 5 hours.
• A community relationship that can be activated to provide the basics of bike maintenance or maybe a group of students would like to take this on. In an ideal scenario, monthly safety check should be conducted on the bikes.
• A small budget for accessories including some spare helmets, a pump and spare tyres. Again, we can assist with a list to guide this and some partners if needed to fulfill it.
Through the generous support of the Rapha Foundation, we are able to fund the following for partner schools:
• The framework and set up for a bike donation day or connection with a partner that will accept and repurpose donated bikes to create the library.
• Facilitate the connection with community mentors to lead the donation drive and ensure the donated bikes are in good working order.
• Access to the online instructor training course and the conduct of the practical session and assessment onsite at the school at a time convenient to the participants.
• Lesson plans and resources for the Ride Nation Schools bike education program, which consists of three levels – Skills, Confidence and Explore.
• Ongoing support for the school to keep providing bike education for all students.