Mason Elementary School, Duluth, GA
For communities that want to encourage bicycling to school, a bicycle train offers a safe, fun way to ride as a group. Because of the equipment involved and the potential need to ride on a road, planning and conducting a bicycle train is more involved than having a walking school bus. Basic considerations are outlined below.
- Bicycle trains are best suited for older elementary children.
- All riders must wear bicycle helmets.
- Before starting the program, providing children with practice and training on bicycle handling and rules of the road is recommended.
- More adult supervision is needed than for walking. One adult for every three to six children is recommended.
See Resources: Bicycle trains for an example of steps to implementing a bicycle train.