Cycling Merit Badge Helps and Documents

A bicycle on a trail and an image of the Cycling merit badge emblem

About the Cycling Merit Badge

Scouts learn how to enjoy excursions on their bicycles while working on the Cycling merit badge. There is an emphasis on safety and planning in the requirements. There are options for completing the requirements by road biking or by mountain biking. The requirements can be completed by Scouts with any level of experience in cycling.

Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives.

Help with Answers for Cycling Merit Badge Requirements

Find specific helps for some of the Cycling merit badge requirements listed below. Some of these resources will just give the answers. Others will provide engaging ways for older Scouts to introduce these concepts to new Scouts.

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Requirement 1: Safety and First Aid

Cycling Hazards

Motorized Vehicles

Sharing the road with cars and trucks can be dangerous. Vehicles can stop suddenly so don’t follow them too closely. Parked vehicles can open a door in front of you, so always be aware of your surroundings . Vehicles may follow you too closely so wear bright colors so they can see you.

Use hand signals so that drivers behind you know your intentions before you turn, stop, or change lanes.

Be extra careful on busy roads.

Hazards in the Road

Paved roads may have potholes. Trails may have large roots or rocks. Loose gravel is also a hazard. Crossing railroad tracks can also be very bumpy. Keep an eye on the road and be prepared to stop or avoid obstacles.

If you come to a railroad track, look both ways to check for trains. Never ride on railroad tracks! Trains can’t stop quickly.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians have the right of way. Always be alert for them. Slow down or stop if necessary. Do not ride too close to them. They may not be aware of you and might take an unexpected turn.

Distractions

Distracted drivers might not notice you.

But distracted cyclists are also a hazard. Don’t try to use your cell phone or read a map while riding. Find a safe place to stop instead.

Stay in Control

Being out of control or riding too fast is also a hazard. Sit on your bike the right way. Slow down around turns, especially on wet surfaces. Know your own ability.

Clothing and Helmet to Stay Safe

Always always always wear a helmet. This is one of the best ways to mitigate hazards. Wear bright colored clothes so others can see you. If it is dark or getting dark, wear reflective clothing.

Bicycle Helmet Fitting

Your helmet isn’t going to do you much good if it doesn’t fit correctly. Use these guidelines to ensure a good fit.

Responding to Accidents

First get yourself to a safe place. Then assess the scene. If you are not the victim, assist them in getting to a safe place, but do it carefully, watching for hazards. You can’t help another person if you also get hurt.

Check for head or spine injuries. These can be the most serious cycling injuries. If necessary call 911.

BSA Bike Safety Guidelines

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit
  • Assure bicycle readiness
  • See and be seen
  • Watch for and avoid road hazards
  • Follow the rules of the road

See the details.

Requirement 2: Pre-Ride Checks

Requirement 2 Helps and Answers

How to Fit Your Bike

Bike Inspection Checklist

Bike Inspection Checklist

Before riding a bike for the Cycling merit badge, use this checklist to ensure that your bicycle is in good working order.

Requirement 3: Inspection

Requirement 4: Brakes

Requirement 4 Helps and Answers

How to Brake Safely

Requirement 5: Tires

Requirement 6: Traffic Laws

Requirement 6 Helps and Answers

State Bike Laws

State Bike Laws

This site lists bicycle laws by state. Don’t click on the map. Instead scroll down to find your state.

Requirement 7: Rides

Requirement 7 Helps and Answers

Bicycle Riding Log

Bicycle Riding Log

You need to log your rides for the Cycling Merit Badge. Keep track of how many miles you have cycled with this bike log.

50 Miler Award

The 50 Miler award is not just for hikers! You can also earn it by riding your bike.

National Outdoor Badges – Riding

If you ride a lot, you can also earn the National Outdoor Award for Riding. This is an advanced award which requires some dedication.

Start Your Engines! Scouts BSA Nova Award

For those who are interested in the technology of cycling, this Nova award will let them delve deeper into the nuts and bolts and gears.

Cycling/Mountain Biking Ranger Elective

Older Scouts who are Venturers and want to challenge themselves further can earn this Ranger elective.

Cycling Troop Program Feature

This troop program feature will help youth leaders plan a series of meetings and a weekend outing around a cycling theme.

Bicycle Safety Crossword Puzzle

This crossword puzzle make a good starter activity for a meeting focused on bike safety.

Bike Hike Safety and Etiquette

Know the rules of the road before you go out riding.

Bicycle Rodeo Applause, Cheer, and Song

This is just something to add a little silliness to a cycling meeting.

Powdered Sports Drink Recipe

Save some money and make your own sports drink with this recipe.

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