Cycling Initiatives

You may be worried about the safety of your child cycling to school because there is belief that cycling is dangerous, but this is not the case.

Cycling is a healthy everyday activity. National records show it to be, mile for mile, every bit as safe as walking. While accidents can happen they are rare.

Cycling to school will:

  • Make your child more alert for the day ahead
  • Develop your child’s road sense.
  • Reduce traffic congestion around the school.
  • Improve our local environment.

Visibility

It is statistically proven that nine out of ten drivers involved in fatal collisions with cyclists, say they never saw them. Visibility, then is vital, even during the day: according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, far fewer accidents occur at night. Therefore reflective clothing is available from our school outfitters..

Selecting a bike:

Selecting a bike can be very confusing. The very cheap ones use poor components and may not survive the rigours of childhood cycling. Rigid frames are better for road cycling than suspension bikes, which are designed to use off road.

Maintenance Check

Before setting off your child should be taught to check the following:

  • Tyres should feel firm when squeezed and be free of cuts and bulges.
  • Wheels should not wobble and all spokes should be tight.
  • When the front brake is applied and the bike pushed forward, the rear of the bike should rise.
  • When the rear brake is applied and the bike pushed forward, the rear wheel should skid.
  • Handlebars and saddle should be securely fixed so they do not twist or move up and down.
  • Chain and gears should work smoothly. After oiling, any excess oil can be wiped off with a cloth.
  • Lights, reflectors and bell should be securely fixed. Batteries in lights must be working.

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