Metro is partnering with local schools to promote bicycle education and safety by hosting FREE Safe Routes to School (SRTS) events such as bike rides, classes, and rodeos. These activities are intended to help students, parents, and teachers/staff incorporate safe bicycling into their daily travel routines. The goal is to encourage more students and teachers/staff to walk, bike, and/or take public transit to travel to and from school.
Metro aims to make the SRTS efforts flexible to accommodate a wide range of needs that schools may have. The bike rides, classes, and rodeos are free, fun, interactive, and may take place at schools throughout Los Angeles County.
Bike 101 – Off-Bike Instruction 1 hour
Targeted Grades: All
Learn the rules of the road and safe routes to school. Topics covered: what’s needed to bike; route planning; bike quick checks; and rules of the road.
Bike Rodeos Up to 2 hours
Targeted Grades: 4th, 5th
Rodeos allow students to practice bike handling skills in a safe, fun and enclosed obstacle course. A great option for Back to School or Open House events. Topics covered: bike quick checks; helmet fit; mount/dismount; start/stop; signaling and scanning.
Bike Rides Up to 2 hours
Targeted Grades: 6th-12th
Short bike rides take students to different locations in the neighborhood around their school, giving them a chance to apply practical bike riding skills on neighborhood streets. Topics covered: route planning; bike quick checks; and rules of the road.
Train-the-Trainer Class – Off-Bike Instruction 1 hour
Learn about safe walking and biking skills, as well as how to carry out Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities, such as a walking school bus and a bike rodeo. Topics covered: bike quick checks; rules of the road; and coordinating events.
Bike Rides Up to 3 hours
Participate in a beginner community ride. Visit school(s) of interest, designate routes that may safely accommodate bicyclists, and highlight areas where there may be challenges. These rides are intended to help parents and staff plan routes and inform future SRTS activities.
Interested in learning more, or hosting a bike class, ride or rodeo? Contact us!
Already decided you want to participate?
School coordinators may fill out a request form to host an SRTS event at your school. Requests must be submitted to Metro at least 6-8 weeks before the desired event day.
For more information on bicycle safety classes and to stay updated on upcoming events and community rides, please visit metro.net/gobike.