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Skills events for youth

A rodeo is a skills event for teaching youth basic bicycle handling skills. It's easy to do a bad job at organizing a rodeo. It's much more difficult to organize a good and effective one. A successful event will provide an opportunity for the participants to practice their bike handling skills and experience traffic situations they are likely to find in their community.

Click here for an interactive module, and be sure to check out An Organizer's Guide to Bicycle Rodeos. If you're looking for more detail, NHTSA's Cycling Skills Clinic is just what you're looking for.



Sharing the Road - the law and tips

Crash data

The NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has a database of traffic crash statistics. In addition, click here for a chart summarizing bicycle and pedestrian crashes by age group.

For national data, this link will take you to the NHTSA 's page with links to current research. Additionally:

Bicyclists and other Cyclists

Bicycle helmets

Chances are, if you're invovled in any kind of bicycle education effort, the topic of bicycle helmets cill come up. You may wonder about how important they really are, what thee law states about them, how to fit them, or where to find them. This page is designed to answer basic questions and steer you in the right direction.

Information bulletins

The following bulletins are in PDF format and may be printed or reproduced as needed.

I-01 What you want to know about helmets
IB-02 Common questions: laws about bicycles
IB-03 Bicycle-motor vehicle crashes
IB-04 Crash data and countermeasures
IB-05 What every parent should know
IB-06 An interdisciplinary approach to bicycle safety education
IB-07 Developmental characteristics that influence a child's behaviour as a bicyclist
IB-08 Five bicycle safety concepts to teach to 9-12 year olds
IB-09 Bicycling on the left, exploring the myth
IB-10 Motorists: sharing the road with cyclists
IB-11 Get fit through cycling
IB-12 Your child's safety: helping children avoid pedestrian traffic injuries
IB-13 Tips for cyclists
IB-14 Sharing the path
IB-15 Bike commuting
IB-16 Efficiency while cycling

Teacher and youth Activity Guides

Getting There Youth Guide

A fun activity booklet to help youth between ages 7 and 9 learn important traffic safety tips. A camera-ready copy is also available; see below for details on ordering print materials.

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Getting There Grownup Guide

Facts, tips, and answers to questions posed in the youth booklet.

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Moving Along

A transportaiton safety activity booklet for upper-elementary aged youth.

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Bicycle Adventures

A hands on 4-H project for youth ages 8-15. Available from the National 4-H Curriculum.

Working with youth

If you're interested in working with youth in bicycle safety, these links will take you to information that will make your job easier and more enjoyable. Start here for a brief overview.

Setting the stage

Do you remember being a child on a bike? Who's at risk as a bicyclist? Click here to find out.

Working with youth

Teaching children traffic safety effectively requires a background in the developmental stages of youth and an understanding of how they perceive and behave in traffic. This module will help.

Crash types

What does crash data tell us about how crashes happen? This module inlcudes a summary of crash data, describes the most common types of collisiions and suggest countermeasures to avoid them.