Bicycle Trains

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.