accommodations for all learners
Balance bikes are a great resource to have for your Bike Education & Safety program as they'll allow for you to accommodate all types of learners.
Types of learners that will use a balance bike:
(1) Beginners or new to riding
(2) Students with equilibrium (balance) issues
(3) SPED students that need additional support
How to use balance bikes:
(1) Show students how to straddle the bike (one foot on each side.
(2) Teach students how to first walk with the bike (straddle position)
(3) Reinforce looking ahead and not at front wheel.
(4) Gradually build towards coasting, with feet off the ground.
Bike resistance trainers
Resistance trainers are a great tool to incorporate into your Bike Education & Safety Program. These tools are great for turning any bike into a stationary bike. The benefits of this allows for all learners to gain a better sense of balance and cycling cadences.
Types of learners that will use a resistance trainer:
(1) Beginners or new to riding needing refinements in balance.
(2) SPED students that don't have the ability to balance on a bike.
(3) Students at high risk of falling off a regular bike.
How to use Resistance Trainers:
(1) Attach the trainer to the rear wheel of the bike.
(2) Ensure the bike's seat and handlebar is adjusted to fit the rider.
(3) Adjust resistance knob on the back of the trainer.
(4) Show student(s) how to change gears in motion.
Pedal exercisers are a unique piece of equipment that allows for special modifications to fit the needs of students that might have limited mobility, due to injury or physical/mental handicapped.
Types of learners that would use a pedal exerciser:
(1) Students that have limited physical mobility (injury)
(2) Students that have limited physical mobility (disability)
(3) Students that need physical modifications for activity.
How to use pedal exercisers:
(1) Students can stand upright to use hand pedals.
(2) Students can sit to use the hand and foot pedals.
(3) Adjust the height to accommodate each user.
special needs tricycle
Special needs trikes are an important tool to ensure your students that are immobile are able to participate in your Bike Education & Safety Program.
How to use a Special Needs Tricycle:
(1) Have a para professional aid in securely placing a student on the bike.
(2) Have the para professional use the handle on the back to guide the bike.
(3) Adjust seat and handlebars for desired student fit.