Making Tracks | Ecology Action Centre

Making Tracks

Since 2008, more than 18,000 students in Nova Scotia have learned safe cycling and walking skills with Making Tracks. Our curriculum-based program teaches students the safe cycling skills they need to travel to and from school, and within their communities.  

Making Tracks provides teachers with ready-to-go lesson plans that teach children and youth safety skills in walking and cycling.  The skill-based, multiple session, experiential learning workshops allow hands-on time to practice and learn, all while having fun! 

Making Tracks is approved by the Department of Education and meets multiple cross-curricular outcomes.  Its flexible, modular design makes it suitable for recreation, community, safety, school, club and afterschool programming.   

Program components include safety, preparedness, rules of the road and etiquette, technical skills, equipment maintenance and community route planning for two modes of active transportation: 

Walking Safety (participants: ages 4-7, training as youth mentors: ages 11-19+) 
In the Making Tracks Walking Safety program, children learn about the rules for walking and crossing the street, how to dress appropriately for weather and terrain, and how to deal with some of the dangers they may encounter. 

Cycling (participants: ages 8-13, training as youth mentors: ages 13-19+) 
Much more than the typical one-hour bicycle rodeo, Making Tracks Cycling teaches children how to identify bicycle parts, what they and their bikes should be wearing to be safe, bicycle maintenance and repair skills, proper riding safety and skills, safe route mapping and road rules and responsibility, with lots of time to practice and gain confidence in their skill-building. 

How do I get Involved?

1. Become a Leader in Making Tracks (youths and adults, one day training, 5-8 hours)
Our Expert Trainers deliver one-day leader training sessions to certify older youth and adults to lead Making Tracks programs for children and youth. Once trained as a Leader, youth can work with adults to deliver Making Tracks or adults can deliver the program on their own.  Each year that Making Tracks is delivered ensures that new youth are trained who can assist with future program delivery. Staff and volunteers from schools, recreation centres, camps, clubs, community organizations, universities and colleges around Nova Scotia are Leaders in Making Tracks. After taking part in one leader training program we'll provide you with support to help ensure that your first Making Tracks program is a success. If you're 13 years-of-age or older you can become a Leader in Making Tracks.  

2. Hire an Expert Trainer to deliver Making Tracks (children and youth, multi-day training, 8-15 hours)
We provide an Expert Trainer to deliver a full Making Tracks program to children and youth on your behalf.  This is run as a mult-day program for schools, recreation centres, camps, clubs and community organizations.  These sessions do not certify children or youth to lead Making Track programs.

3. Become an Expert Trainer (adults only)
Are you a savvy cyclist? A perfect pedestrian?  Do you inspire others with your scootering? Or perhaps you’re a superior skateboarder?  Do you have leadership or teaching experience?  If so, the Ecology Action Centre may want to hire you as an Expert Trainer to deliver occasional leader training and/or direct-delivery programs. For more information on becoming an expert trainer, please view our Becoming a Leader or an Expert Trainer document.

Please Note that the Skateboarding, In-line Skating and Scootering programs are no longer offered through the EAC but the online resources shall remain on this page for your reference.

Resources

The Making Tracks program provides safety and skills Leader training in five modes of active transportation: Cycling, Walking Safety, Skateboarding (Skate Pass), Scootering and In-line Skating. The teaching materials for Making Tracks consist of Teaching Manuals and Passports for each mode as well as an accompanying User Guide. All of the materials that you need to deliver a Making Tracks progam are included in our manuals.  However, the program is not meant to be implemented simply by downloading the Making Tracks materials. Leader training is mandatory before leading the Making Tracks program.  Contact the Making Tracks Coordinator to learn how to arrange training.

Teaching Manuals

User Guide (Walking, Cycling, Skateboarding, Scootering and In-line Skating)
Walking Safety Teaching Manual
Cycling Teaching Manual
Name That Bike Part activity sheet with no labels
Cycling Care and Maintenance Teaching Manual
Skate Pass®: Skateboarding Manual (not available online due to copyright)
In-line Skating Teaching Manual
Scootering Teaching Manual

Passports

Walking Safety Passport
Cycling Passport
Skate Pass®: Skateboarding Passport (not available online due to copyright)
In-line Skating Passport
Scootering Passport

Equipment Loans

We offer free loans of cycling tool kits, safety kits, skateboards, scooters and safety gear to assist your program.  However, to access these loans your session leader must have taken our leader training (train-the-trainer). Loans are free but we require you to pick up and drop off the loans or cover the costs for shipping. Simply download and print the Borrowing Agreement then contact us to arrange pick up dates.

Promotional Resources

Brochure
Becoming a Leader or an Expert Trainer
Youth volunteer call-out
Program two-pager
One-pager for physical activity practitioners
Promotional video

Quick Leader Session Resources

Evaluation and Reporting Agreement
Incident Report Form
Participant Attendance Form
Post Program Questionnaire for Participants
Post Program Questionnaire for Leaders

Stay tuned for our 2019 program expansion for university students, family groups and workplace lunch ‘n’ learns!

Program Funders

            

 

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