Station 2: Moving in Space
Suggested time: 12 minutes
Use this station with younger children (8 and under) to introduce the concept of traffic flow and
general traffic driving principles. It can be used with bikes as part of the introduction to a bike
safety course, or as an indoor option (without bikes) in case of bad weather. This station can be
used as an overflow, back-up option if there are several groups going through the course. For
older children or adults, this station could contain information about commuting, touring, and
fitness, using activity sheets, hands-on activities or videos.
1. Become aware of how much space is needed to move safely.
2. Compare speed and volume to space and mass.
3. Understand traffic principles of driving and movement.
4. Understand the need for rules for safe and efficient traffic flow.
- Draw a circle on a smooth surface, using chalk or tape. Have participants begin walking
randomly within the circle, without touching each other.
- After everyone is moving within the circle, instruct them to stop and observe where others are
- Ask participants to begin moving again, this time running randomly within the circle, again
without touching each other.
- After everyone is moving, ask participants to stop, keeping their position and direction.
- Discuss what they observed and felt about their movement within the circle.
Questions to ask: What was the direction of participants?
Did a pattern of direction develop?
What happened as more people entered the circle?
Did movement (of group or individuals) slow down or speed up?
Was it difficult to stay in the circle and not bump into others?