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Students study a variety of scientific concepts through a single common object — the bicycle. Discover how this wheeled device has been modified over time in response to consumer demand, as well as new technologies. Students see how bicycle use has evolved from simple recreation to effective mode of transportation and ultimate fitness machine.

Cycle-ology: A Virtual Exploration of the Bicycle can be downloaded as independent modules. Worksheets for the modules can be reproduced as necessary for your classroom. You can also download the entire guide as a single file. (.pdf file (1.78 mb))



Find out what this Virtual Exploration Guide can do for you! This section also includes references and curriculum links.

Pedalling through History

Learn how the bicycle evolved from its creation in the 19th Century to the present with activities such as:

  • Discover the Museum’s Collection
  • Timelines
  • Improving the bicycle over time
  • The Canadian bicycle boom
  • Bicycles contribute to social change

Cycling Science

Discover the various parts and systems of the bicycle and gain a better understanding of the scientific concepts behind this amazing invention. The topics include:

  • Simple and complex machines
  • Gears
  • Wheels
  • Bicycle frames and materials
  • Aerodynamics of cycling
  • Energy found in transportation

Cycles in Society

Explore the many benefits of the bicycle
and it’s impact on our society. The activities include:

  • The bicycle as a means of transportation
  • Bicycles in developing countries
  • Bicycles in the workplace
  • Cycling and physical activity
  • Bicycle safety

How to View and Print the Exploration Guide

Separate modules of our Exploration Guide are provided as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you do not have Acrobat® Reader, please click here to download it from the Adobe® Web site.

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