Station 9: Balance/Quick Stop
Balance and control of the bicycle are important skills that are acquired early. Yet they can cause
serious problems if the rider does not learn proper control and balance in a variety of traffic
situations requiring quick thinking and action. In earlier rodeos, the "figure 8" most closely
represented this road skill. Be sure to explain to participants the transfer of this activity to street
1. To maintain proper control of the bicycle while maneuvering it around a circle and through
2. To be able to stop the bicycle safely within a prescribed distance and speed.
Have the students enter the orbit, circling it once or twice. They should stay within the
boundaries, maintain control of the bike and keep hands and feet on bars and pedals. After they
finish with the circle, they should exit and weave through the cones, again maintaining proper
control and balance. The distance of straight line to the stop box should be long enough for the
rider to gain speed and then quickly stop.