Registration:

To register your child, please complete our registration system at cyclingbc.net/iridereg.  It takes about 2 minutes to complete and helps us keep iRide sustainable.

If you are new to iRide, you will be asked to either create a free account or register as a guest. Our online system helps us guarantee the security of your information, allows for accurate record keeping for reporting and insurance purposes, and is environmentally friendly. Be sure to continue the process until you have received an automated registration confirmation email. Child date of birth is required to prompt the parent/guardian release form. Questions or concerns? Please call 604-224-7433 (BC-iRide)

What is involved in the registration process?

  • Participation Permission (REQUIRED) – All participants who complete registration are covered by Cycling BC’s insurance policy with Jones Brown.  An Acknowledgement of Risk form is included in this registration process. By completing this process, parents/children retain the right to legal action, if needed.
  • Photo Consent (OPTIONAL) – Students without photo consent will be asked to wear a pinny during iRide to ensure their safety and guarantee their photo is not published.
  • Newsletter Sign-Up (OPTIONAL) – Access perks and stay up-to-date on local opportunities, like after-school community programs, summer camps and local youth club events

Upon teacher special request, a paper copy of our full registration process is available. If your child brought home a special paper copy, please return the completed form to the school no later than 7 days before iRide’s 1st session.

Where can I find more information?

What can I do to prepare my child’s bike for iRide?

iRide strongly recommends that all children bring their own bike to the program. It is more fun to learn on their own equipment and instill greater confidence for future rides.

For those who do not have a bike at home, or have a bike that is unsafe to ride at an in-school or summer camp program, iRide can offer one of our free rental bikes. Please note that rental bikes are not available for after-school/community programs unless indicated otherwise. Our in-school rental fleets cover a wide range of height and age but there is a limited number of bikes. To ensure the safety of the riders, children outside of the listed height range are asked to source their own bicycle for the program.  Please review the below table:

BC Zone Region Grades # of Bikes Rider Height
1 West Kootenay Gr. 4 – 6 0
2 Okanagan Gr. 4 – 6 25 4’0″ –  5’5″
3 Fraser Valley Gr. 4 – 6 25 4’0″ –  5’0″
4 – 5 Lower Mainland Gr. 4 – 6 25 4’0″ –  5’0″
6 Van. Is – South Gr. 4 – 6 25 4’0″ –  5’5″
6 Van. Is – North Gr. 4 – 6 25 4’0″ –  5’5″

If your child is using their own bicycle, we encourage you and your child to:

  1. Check the bike fit. Children should be able to stand over the top tube of their bike with feet flat on the ground.
  2. Check the brakes, tyre pressure and all critical bolts.
  3. Check the helmet fit. Adjust the straps so you can slide 2 of fingers under the chin when it is on and the ratchet is tightened. Remember the helmet goes across the forehead and is not tilted back on the head.
  4. We strongly recommend that you visit a local bike shop to get a tune-up.  Click here to find a kid-friendly shop near you!

Where do I bring my child’s bike on day 1?

At the discretion of each school’s policy, students are asked to bring their bikes to a space assigned to their respective class on the morning of their first day of iRide.  This space is either:

  • Locked at the bicycle racks.
  • Placed indoors in either the gymnasium or the multi-purpose room.
    • Students should not bring their bicycle into their classroom.
  • iRide Summer Camps offer secure storage of bicycles over the course of the 5-day event

What can I do to help my child improve their bike skills?

To help build confidence prior to iRide, please visit our iRide Levels page. Additional resources are coming in Spring 2019.

  • If your child is a new rider, ideally they should be able to put both of their feet on the ground while seated on their bike. Start your child with “striding”, using both feet flat on the ground while seated, to propel them in a straight line. Once they can coast in a straight line for 10 seconds, advance them to pedaling. This will build balance awareness and the ability to stay upright when they stop.
  • If your child can already ride, plan a family bike ride around the neighbourhood on safe streets or sidewalks to get their cycling legs back in action.
  • If you normally to drive your child to school, call around and see if your child can ride to school with a friend who lives close to the school, providing an opportunity to store the bike at the friend’s house overnight.

What can I do to help more children experience iRide?

If your child enjoyed their experience, please consider sharing your feedback with us (2 minutes) (Complete our survey)

 

Summary:

Please ensure that your child has the below items for day #1:

  • Closed-toed shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing (including gloves and long jacket/pants) – iRide runs rain or shine
  • Bicycle & helmet in good repair (if appropriate)
  • Online registration has been completed
To request an event in your community, please contact iRide using the contact information below. Spring 2020 bookings open April 15th, 2019.