Summer is here! Make sure you and your child have everything you need to experience the joy of bicycling safely: WABA’s online youth bicycle education class will teach your child the basics of bicycling, including helmet fit, safety, and where and how to ride their bicycle.
WABA has provided youth bicycle education at public and charter schools across the region for more than 10 years. To make sure no one misses out while most of us are stuck at home, we’ve created this free video series for at-home, self-paced learning.
What we’ll be learning
This fun online course is the same bicycle safety education that WABA provides at DC Public Charter Schools. During our online class we will cover:
- Getting Started—helmet fit and basic safety check
- Starting and Stopping
- Where to Ride
- Hand signals
Who is this for?
The structure and pacing of these videos is designed for youth in grades 2-8, but the content is useful for everyone.
Setting Up Google Classroom
You can also view the course directly on YouTube. Each video has a short quiz linked in the description.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s teaching this class?
Jeff Wetzel, WABA’s Youth and Family Education Coordinator, is the instructor for this class. Jeff has over 10 years of youth development experience in three countries, including at DC Public Schools. Since 2016, Jeff has been responsible for WABA’s youth and family programs, including in-school education and after school bike clubs at DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools, youth learn to ride classes and parent and child classes across the Washington region, and our annual Bike Camp! He is a certified League Cycling Instructor.
How long is the class?
All of the lessons are available at once on Google Classrooms. Parents and guardians can determine the pace of the classes alongside their child. They can zoom through all the modules in about half a day, or split it up into short 10-20 minute lessons per module. We recommend going outside to practice some of the skills taught in the class. Make sure you check our guide on how to safely bike during COVID-19.
This is great – how do I share with my school?
We are also partnering with DC Schools to provide this course as part of their online programming. If you think your school would be interested, you or a school teacher or administrator can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I set up Google Classrooms?
If you are using a computer, go to classroom.google.com to sign in. Once you have set up a student account, you’ll need to join WABA’s class using the code ep76454. You can also use a tablet or phone by downloading the Google Classroom app from the Apple App Store or from the Google Play Store. If you are having issues, please read the Google Classroom pages on How to Sign In and How to Join the Class as a Student. You can also email us at email@example.com and we are happy to help out.
What personal information will you need?
We will only ask for your child’s first name, grade, and the DC school they attend. You can set up Google Classrooms using your email or your child’s email.
This is great – how much does it cost?
The class is free and brought to you thanks to the generous support of the DC Department of Transportation.