HopOn is a games-based cycling program that teaches school-aged kids across Canada the joy of cycling safely.
Modeled after Cycling BC’s existing iRide program, the HopOn national grassroots program aims to provide access to cycling across Canada.
HopOn programs will be available in eight provinces and territories starting in 2021.
HopOn is overseen by Cycling Canada and delivered locally by our Provincial and Territorial partner cycling associations.
Three day in-school programs for grades 3-6, running between 45-60 minutes. Teaching basic cycling skills and safety awareness. Bikes & helmets can be provided. Sessions stay within the safety of school grounds.
2-6 week programs in communities across Canada for kids aged 6-16. Teaching basic to intermediate cycling skills, building confidence and connecting youth together through the challenges of cycling.
HopOn instructors are trained by the National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP), undergo background screening, and subscribe to the Responsible Coaches Movement. HopOn provides coach education nationwide.
What kids learn
Riding features or in a group. Wheel lifts and hops. Dismounting & remounting at speed. Bumping & buzzing.
Depending on your region, HopOn programs include 5 different levels, providing kids with the opportunity to learn to ride progressively.
Operational control - like pedaling and braking. Direction control - riding straight, turning safely, dismounting & mounting. Terrain awareness - slow speed with group games.
We believe that cycling is a journey that unites us all. Kids, parents and school teachers will learn the next steps - how to join a cycling club, the opportunities and pathways to become an Olympian or a lifelong cyclist in our Canadian cycling community.
300,000 Canadian kids cycling
We believe cycling at any level enriches lives & HopOn has the capacity to positively impact 300,000 Canadian kids in the next 10 years.
HopOn runs as a standalone program in some provinces and an umbrella program in others. HopOn unifies existing youth cycling programs, shares best practices across the country, and ensures coaches are safe and certified.
Eight provincial and territorial cycling associations will be running programs under the HopOn umbrella starting in 2021.