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Making Tracks

Making Tracks

Making Tracks helps children and youth develop active transportation skill competency, confidence and safety, encouraging them to choose active transportation as a means to travel within their communities.   Using an educational leader training model (train-the-trainer), Making Tracks enlists the help of adults and youth in teaching children and youth safety skills in walking, cycling, in-line skating, scootering and skateboarding.  Making Tracks uses skill-based, multiple session, experiential learning workshops so children and youth have hands on time to practice and learn, all while having fun!

Participating schools and youth-serving organizations receive free coordination and materials along with a training workshop for a small fee.  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.  View our brochure to learn more about how Making Tracks works or have a look at our new Making Tracks promotional video below.

Making Tracks Modes

The Making Tracks program offers specialized, hands-on training for four different modes of active transportation.  Program components include safety, preparedness, rules of the road and etiquette, technical skills, equipment maintenance and community route planning.

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.

Skateboarding (participants: ages 8-13, training as youth mentors: ages 13-19+)
In Making Tracks SkatePass Skateboarding,  children learn about safety and equipment, skateboard control, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills.  It is great for children and youth who have never skateboarded, and those that do have some experience can still learn tips and tricks (and can help mentor those that are learning!).

In-line Skating (participants: ages 8-13, training as youth mentors: ages 13-19+)
In the Making Tracks In-line Skating program,  participants learn about proper use of equipment and skating skills such as stopping, turning and speed control.  They will also learn how to find safe places to skate.

Scootering (participants: ages 8-13, training as youth mentors: ages 13-19+)
In the Making Tracks Scootering program,  participants learn about proper use of equipment and scootering skills such as stopping, turning and speed control.  They will also learn how to find safe places to scooter.

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.

Learn how to get involved with Making Tracks now!

 

Resources

We have resource manuals and passports available for those trained in Making Tracks to use.  We also offer free loans of cycling tool kits, safety kits, skateboards, scooters and safety gear to assist your program once you've taken our leader training (train-the-trainer) and you're ready to deliver a program. Click here for a full list of resources.


Get Involved

For more Information, contact us at:

Tel: (902) 442-442-0209
Fax: (902) 405-3716
Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS B3K 4L3

We are expanding and improving our Fern Lane office!
Starting May 1st we’ll be at 1888 Brunswick Street, Suite 703

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Program Sponsors:

  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Skate Pass