Cycling Proficiency to be part of Compulsory education

Make Cycling proficiency part of Compulsory education for children

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The will increase road awareness and improve cycling skills for children using bicycles, this will also reduce the reliance on using the car.

by PirateZebedee on February 03, 2021 at 08:04PM

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  • Posted by pietea February 03, 2021 at 21:16

    I agree, learning to correctly manage a bicycle from an early age will build confidence in cycling on the roadways and potentially foster the idea that the bicycle is a useful mode of transport.

  • Posted by Chos February 04, 2021 at 09:05

    @Zebedee Bikeability (previously Cycling Proficiency) has been part of education efforts for the Year 6 students for some time, although not across enough schools. This year Jersey Sport are increasing the numbers of students that go through the Bikeability program to increase their bike skills. Sadly parents are often, and quite rightly, worries about the lack of safety on the roads abs so even once the child has successfully completed the Bikeability course they are not able to put those skills to practical use by cycling to and from school etc because of the significant volume of motor traffic on our roads at those peak times. It’s a bit chicken and egg. Perhaps there should be certain days when only commercial and vehicles for less able bodied are allowed on the roads it might reduce traffic enough that kids can cycle safely and a new culture of cycling is started.
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 07, 2021 at 18:25

    When we need to get from A to B, so many Islanders automatically think 'car'.
    Buses are for 'other people' and bikes are just for the weekend if it's sunny (and no hills).

    With a bike and some basic waterproofs, there's no reason why our go-to transport shouldn't be 2 wheels, and with an e-bike, hills and distance aren't a problem. We've just got into bad habits.

    I agree - we need to get youngster's out on the roads safely with Cycling Proficiency training as an essential part of their education.
  • Posted by BigAirport February 10, 2021 at 16:02

    Cycling to work needs to be encouraged. I travelled this way with my wife for decades from about 1983 and not just in the summer but winter too. Rain, snow, ice nothing stopped us (apart from wind and rain) and kept us fit and saved us s fortune in parking costs and petrol too. Now we have e-bikes so carrying lots of shopping is no problem to. I see lots of cyclists in lycra on very expensive racing bikes out at the weekend but how many of them cycle to work? I expect it's only a small percentage?
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