Cyclist Badge

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Under the program revitalization effort of the Canadian Path, this article is no longer be applicable to the current program.
It remains here for reference purposes only.
For information on items replacing this topic, see Cub Scout Summer Fitness.




Cubs learn bicycling knowledge and skills, with an emphasis on safety. [1]


To earn the Cyclist Badge, complete the following requirements

  1. Own or have access to, and use an approved bicycling helmet while earning this badge. Explain how to tell if a helmet is approved for bicycling. (Red Star A5)
  2. Have the use of a bicycle that is the right size for you and conduct the following safety check:
    • (a) Check lights, reflectors, pedals, seat, horn or bell for good working condition
    • (b) Check handle grips for tightness
    • (c) Check steering assembly for tightness
    • (d) Check tires for air pressure and cuts
    • (e) Check all nuts and bolts for tightness
    • (f) Check chain for tightness and properly oil the chain
    • (g) Check wheels for wobbles and broken spokes
    • (h) Show how to keep the bike clean
  3. Explain the meaning of the following street signs or signals and how to properly respond:
    • (a) Stop sign
    • (b) Yield sign
    • (c) Pedestrian crosswalk sign
    • (d) Colours of a traffic light
    • (e) Railway crossing sign
    • (f) One way sign
  4. In a safe, off-road area, demonstrate the following skills:
    • (a) Start, stop and pedal smoothly
    • (b) Ride in a straight line
    • (c) Do a shoulder check: while riding in a straight line, look back over your shoulder for a few seconds. Be able to ride in a straight line while looking back and tell your leader what you saw
  5. Hand signals for left turn, right turn and stop
  6. Explain why you should stop and check for traffic before riding out of your driveway and know what side of the road to ride on.
  7. Explain how to make yourself more visible at night by wearing bright and reflective clothing, use of bike reflectors and lights.
  8. Explain other bicycling safety tips such as riding in wet weather, avoiding road hazards such as holes and grates, avoiding car doors, and how to lock your bike.

Program Suggestions

Scouts Canada is offering the Climate Change Challenge Crest to any Cub that completes three of five specific badges (Recycling, Home Repair, Cyclist, Family Helper and World Conservation) and does the energy sleuth game and online calculator. (You can apparently find the game at