Big Skills for Small Bikes program logoTo build lifelong cycling habits we need to teach children to ride when they are very young. However, the reality is that many parents don’t have the skills or time to help their kids get started!

The Big Skills for Small Bikes program is a new cycle skills development course which aims to teach parents and carers how to get their kids riding confidently and safely, and to empower them to continue to pass on safe cycling skills to their children.

The program uses curriculum developed by a Cycling Australia coach and is targeted toward parents and carers with children aged 3 – 8 years. Adults and children attend the training sessions together, and parents/carers are provided with resources to help them continue to teach and support their child to develop bike skills after they have completed the course.

This is a beginner course and is best suited for kids who are not yet riding on their own unaided.

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Course details

When: commencing Saturday 23 February with four weekly sessions at:

8:00 – 8.45 am SOLD OUT!

9.00 – 9.45 am SOLD OUT!

10.00 – 10.45 am SOLD OUT!

Where: Basketball Courts behind Majura Primary School, 101 Knox St Watson

Cost: Adults free. $50 per child.

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Participant requirements

  • The course is designed to teach adults how to teach cycle skills to their children. Parents/carers must actively participate.
  • Maximum two children per adult.
  • BYO kids balance or pedal bike and Australian standards helmet.
  • Participating adults do not need bikes.

For more information contact us on 6248 7995 or

Want to find out about future courses?

This course was a pilot program funded by the ACT Government. Given the popularity of the program and the feedback from participants, we are investigating further funding opportunities so we can continue to deliver this course in the future to meet the demand for learn to ride programs for younger children in Canberra.


More about the course

The program has been developed due to community demand for learn-to-ride programs for pre-school and lower primary aged children. With support from an ACT Health grant, two courses were trialled in 2018, with two more courses to be delivered in 2019. Following a review of the trial, the course structure and content has been refined, and the length reduced from six to four weeks. Our aim is to use this course as a model to be rolled out across the ACT.

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