You Can Ride Two is an evidence based cycling course designed to teach children with coordination challenges or other special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle. This program has been supported by the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society (EBC) since 2003. Over the course of six sessions, children with no previous success at riding a bicycle develop the skills and confidence to ride unassisted. We accept children 8 years old and up regardless of diagnosis (or lack thereof), and have a very high success rate. A referral by someone familiar with motor development and of the program (e.g. school occupational therapist) is required. The 2017 course will begin on Thursday April 23 with an orientation and bike fitting (regardless of weather). Courses are also offered in several other communities across the province.
You Can Ride Two was initially developed in 2001 by a paediatric physiotherapist. The program continues to be improved with partnerships with other health professionals (e.g. speech pathologists and occupational therapists), cycling educators, mechanical experts, and the expertise of the parents and children we work with. It is strongly based on motor learning theory and in 2014 completed a research project looking at teaching cycling to children with a cognitive disability. We are always looking for volunteers and appreciate feedback.
Additional course information:
- Inquire about our Edmonton course
- Book an instructor training course to bring the program to your community
- Access updated instructor materials (previous course participants only)
- “You Can Ride Two” classes across Alberta
You Can Ride Two, class of 2011