A Vancouver-based cycling camp is making its way east this summer and will be offering its program at three locations. Pedalheads offers cycling lessons and safety instruction for kids as young as 2. Founded in 1995, Pedalheads now has more than 50 locations across Canada and in the United States.
The program offers progressive instruction for kids between the ages of 2 and 14. The Montreal camps will be held in Westmount, Hampstead and in the Beaconsfield/Pointe-Claire area. The exact locations have yet to be determined.
This summer’s programs include Trikes ’N’ Trainers, Balance Bikers, and bicycle levels one to three. The Trikes ‘N’ Trainers program, for kids 3 and 4, teaches pedalling, steering and stopping skills on a tricycle or on a bicycle with training wheels. The Balance Bikers program is also for kids aged 3 to 4 who can ride a balance bike (a two-wheel bike without pedals).
Level 1: Newbees is the most popular program, geared to kids aged 4 and up. At this level, campers are still using training wheels but will further develop their steering, stopping and pedalling skills. If they are ready, some campers will cycle without training wheels. They will also learn about bike and helmet safety.
Level 2: Advanced Newbees is for kids aged 4 and up who are ready to ride without any training wheels and learn more advanced techniques.
Level 3: Pedalheads is for kids older than 4 who can ride their two-wheel bike in a straight line for at least 15 metres. They will learn hand signals and master bike control and manoeuvering.
The goal of the camp is to harness kids’ cycling skills and develop a life-long passion for healthy physical outdoor activity, says Ben Hall, manager of business development for Pedalheads. Kids can also take part in field games, sports, and arts & crafts. Campers need to have their own bike and a Canadian Safety Board- approved helmet. Kids will ride on quiet, residential streets, school fields and other enclosed locations.
The programs will run over 9 weeks from June 26 until Aug. 25. Parents have the option to sign kids up for weekly sessions. The half-day camp is $175 and runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon or from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. while the full-day camp is $339 and goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration opens Feb.21.
For more information, visit pedalheads.com.