The Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training (BEST) Program is Utah’s only statewide effort to educate youth about riding bicycles. By getting more kids and their families riding, we are working to get people physically active, improving air quality, and making communities better places to live. In addition, getting physical activity each day even helps to improve academic performance among students.
The Youth BEST Program is a 5-hour, on-bike program that teaches students how to safely and confidently get around by bicycle. The program is administered at schools and targets students in the 5th to 7th grade range. The course takes place for one-hour per day over the course of five consecutive days.
During the Youth BEST Program, students will learn:
- The benefits of riding a bicycle
- Rules of the road
- Helmet fitting
- Bicycle safety checks
- Navigating intersections
- Right of Avoiding hazards
There is no cost for any school or student to participate. Bike Utah provides trained instructors, bicycles, helmets, and all other necessary equipment for the duration of the program. The program is mobile and can be brought to schools around the state. To date, almost 6,000 students from across Utah have participated in the program. They are increasing their knowledge of safe bicycling, their own interest in riding, and their families are more interested in riding as a result of their student’s participation.
Scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year is going on right now. If you know of schools or teachers who might be interested in having the Youth BEST Program at their school, send an email to [email protected]
For more information, visit bikeutah.org