Education & Safety

This page stresses training materials and resources addressing bicycling education and safety related programs conducted in a skills and knowledge based training sessions.  Be sure to see the bottom of our Clubs, Teams & Organizations tab for additional ride leader, tips for riding in groups, and organizational resources. Some of the material on our Resources tab contains links related to education and safety, as well.

Bike Light Programs

How To Do A Successful Bike Light Program Giveaway – “… lessons learned from programs around the country” with free downloadable / printable version.

Hands-On Training

Bike Camp – Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – Orientation meeting + 4 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning in May of each year.  Children-adults.  Registration fee.

Cycle Kids – “is committed to strengthening the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike.”

National Interscholastic Cycling Association – develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States.

Open Bike Shop –  Western Michigan University offers bike repair guidance, including the use of bike repair tools on Friday afternoons.   Open to the general public, as well as to WMU’s faculty, staff and students.

Open Roads Bike Program – Variety of programs and events; bicycle mechanic and social skills primarily aimed at school-aged children; some adult sessions; events throughout the year.

School Grant ProgramThe Specialized Foundation “uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic, health, and social success. Through investments in primary scientific medical research and school-based cycling programs, our mission is to increase accessibility to cycling to aid youth in personal development and education.”

Lesson Plans

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plan — Covers navigating traffic environments safely, being safe bicyclists and remembering to “use your head, wear a helmet.”  Aimed at younger children; includes a presenter’s script covering a lesson lasting approximately 45 minutes.

PowerPoint and Video Presentations

Bicycle Safer Journey — Skills for safe bicycling for ages 5-18; variety of ready to use instructor-led programs for one-on-one or group training from the Federal Highway Administration.

Bicycling Safety — Quick review of safety ideas for bicyclists and motorists; 30 seconds; YouTube video produced by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Department of State (MDOS-which most people know from the many Secretary of State offices).

Bike Commuting  —  Comprehensive look at bike commuting designed for adults; 60-90 minutes; 78 slides from the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)

(School) Bicycle Safety Presentation — Topics including safety, rules of the road, gear and bike fitting aimed; designed for 30 minute K-4 school assembly; 20 PowerPoint slides from LMB

Think Bike Safety First! — Ann Arbor Police Officer Kathy Vonk, Bike Instructor for the International Police Mountain Bike Association and the League of America Bicyclist discusses safety issues for bikers; 6:48 YouTube video

Smart Cycling Videos — The League of American Bicyclists presents a series of lessons, interactive components and videos. Covers different types of bikes and bicycling gear, techniques for improving your ride, your rights as a bicyclist and how to ride safely on the road.

What Parents Need to Know About Children and Bikes —  Topics including helmet fitting,  bicycle safety, ride preparation, riding skills and rules of the road; designed for PTA/group/institutional presentations to parents; 17 PowerPoint slides from LMB

Yes, there really is a … Bike Friendly Kalamazoo!  —  Use to construct 20-25 min “lunch n learn” presentation on key aspects of bike selection, ride preparation, safety and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK); 24 PowerPoint slides

Written Material

Answers to Common Bicyclist-Motorist Myths, Misunderstandings and Misconceptions — Comprehensive FAQ sheet with extensive references; conclusions and citations may provide thought-starters for articles, investigative stories and research.

Michigan Bicycle Laws For Law Enforcement Officers — Pocket sized front-back reference guide citing key Michigan laws, referencing specific statutes.  Aimed at traffic law enforcement of infractions committed by bicyclists and by bicyclists wishing to reference facts surrounding Michigan bicycle law.  Developed by the Office of Highway Safety Planning and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Michigan Laws Pertaining to Cyclists — List of key laws organized as answers to frequently asked questions by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (link down for maintenance as of 3-25-19; new link anticipated fairly soon)

Rules of the Road — Web page of six tips from the League of American Bicyclists

State of Michigan Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Assessment — March 2018 evaluation of Michigan’s approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety, noting strengths and accomplishments, and where improvements can be made; recommendations provide a list of items for further work (Office of Highway Safety Planning)

What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know and What Every Young Michigan Bicyclist Must Know  — Informational booklets from the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)

What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bicycle Lanes —  Could be used by law enforcement and others as a tool to educate motorists about their responsibilities when driving around bicyclists.  Contains reminders for improving communications between bicyclists riding on the roads and motorists.  Brief orientation downloadable as a PDF file from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).