Earn-A-Bike classes teach Thurston County youth ages 11 through 15 essential bicycle safety and maintenance skills to help prepare them to ride their bicycle independently. Students learn through a series of hands-on activities and group bicycle rides on city streets. Intercity Transit provides each student a refurbished bicycle and new helmet to use during the class. Students who complete the course earn their bicycle and helmet and can take it home on the final day of class. If students are unable to transport their bicycle home, Intercity Transit can deliver. The class is open to beginner bicycle riders, although students need to know how to ride a bicycle to participate.
At Bike Camp Thurston County youth ages 8 through 10 learn bike handling and safety skills through fun games, group bicycle rides and hands-on activities. Each day campers go on a new urban adventure traveling by walking, biking, or riding public transit. Campers have fun riding and exploring parks, trails, and other community spaces throughout Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. Campers practice bicycle safety skills on quiet neighborhood streets and bicycle routes. Campers of all skill levels are welcome.
Learn-to-Ride classes are for new or beginner riders. During the class, participants learn how to balance, pedal, and steer a bicycle. Bikes and helmets are provided.
Community Bike Classes
We offer free community bike classes at the Walk N Roll bike shop. No registration is required. Learn more about the classes.
Bike Rodeo Events
A bike rodeo provides elementary-aged children the opportunity to learn and practice bike handling and safety skills. Participants visit a variety of stations designed to teach youth real world skills to prepare them to ride a bike safely. Walk N Roll helps schools and community partners organize bike rodeo events by providing a bike rodeo kit and assisting with planning and implementing the events.
Traffic Gardens are miniature streetscapes that provide youth realistic and fun places to learn and practice bicycle and pedestrian safety skills in an environment away from vehicles. Traffic gardens include real world traffic features such as intersections, stop signs, crosswalks, and roundabouts.
Thurston Mobile Traffic Garden
The Thurston Mobile Traffic Garden visits schools, events and youth programs throughout Thurston County. The Thurston Mobile Traffic Garden is intended for youth in preschool through 5th grade. We provide scooters, balance bikes, and helmets. Learn more about the Thurston Mobile Traffic Garden.
Visit a permanent Traffic Garden
Safe Kids Thurston County and Intercity Transit partnered with North Thurston Public Schools and the Olympia School District, with funding from State Farm to install two permanent traffic gardens in Thurston County. Both traffic gardens are open to community members during non-school hours. The traffic gardens are located on the playgrounds at Mountain View Elementary School, 1900 College St SE in Lacey and McKenny Elementary School, 3250 Morse-Merryman Rd SE, in Olympia.