Does Fun Run Robbie thinks he is Lance Armstrong?

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No wonder FRR had trouble getting himself and his bike up the steep hills in hertfordshire yesterday, his biggest cog on the cassette had 21 teeth , experienced cyclist recon on 25/27, hope you have learnt your lesson frr

Cycle to school week in the u.k.


CHILDREN WANT FREEDOM TO CYCLE TO SCHOOL



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Many children think cycling to school will help them perform better in the classroom



Monday April 20,2009



By Penny Stretton for express.co.uk




THOUSANDS of Britain’s school children wish that they had the freedom to cycle to school every day, according to a survey.



More than 55 per cent of nine to 11 year-olds think that cycling to school is more fun than going by car and believe it would help them perform better in the classroom.

At least one third of primary school children questioned said if they could cycle to school they would arrive feeling less lethargic and better prepared for the day ahead.

The survey, conducted by Cycling England, coincides with Bike to School week, which kicks off today, reveals that kids want the brakes taken off their freedom to cycle.

Only one per cent of the UK’s school kids bike to class because parents are too worried for their safety.

Cycling England spokesman Paul Robison, said: “Concern about safety is entirely natural but we need to remember that on-road accidents are in long term decline.

“Cycling is a life skill, and one that the vast majority of children want to master.

“We know that cycling to school, to friends, or just as a fun activity in its own right, can play a hugely positive role in a child’s overall development.

“With more children recognising the benefits of cycling, this year’s Bike to School Week presents the perfect opportunity for as many children as possible to benefit from Bikeability. 

“I urge schools to come forward and take up Bikeability training as part of the push to get more children cycling.”










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The survey also reveals that youngsters are keen to exploit the environmentally friendly aspect of cycling, with 74 per cent believing it’s a green way to travel.

And the kids care about mum and dad’s pockets too – with nearly 60 per cent understanding that it would save money on petrol.

A further 39 per cent said they hate being “stuck in traffic” and would love to escape on their bikes.

And the results reveal that cycling more would boost children’s social skills with nearly half of them saying riding their bike to school would mean they could spend more time with friends.

Transport Minister, Paul Clark, said: “It’s great that children would prefer to cycle rather than be driven to school, which is not only better for the environment, but better for their health and fitness.

 “That’s why it’s so important to give them the skills and confidence they need to be able to cycle to school and to continue cycling as adults.”

But nearly 40 per cent of kids said their parents wouldn’t let them ride bikes to school because of safety concerns and over a quarter said they didn’t feel they had the right skills to tackle the challenge.

Bike to school week will see Cycling England calling on all schools to take up their Bikeability course – cycling proficiency lessons for the 21 st century.

Mum of three, Sharon Joinson, from Leicester, said: “Bikeability has given my children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely, teaching them to act like any other road user.

“Knowing that my children have completed their Bikeability training gives me the reassurance I need to let them cycle to school.

 “I know of Mums who have also done their Bikeability training and this has meant that the whole family can cycle to school together. “

 Mrs Joinson’s son Ben, 11, said:”I love riding my bike and would like to ride my bike to school.

“I think it’d be loads more fun than going by car and I really like cycling with my friends too.”






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KIDS AND BIKES


20.04.09, 5:07pm


Here in Germany, kids have to pass their cycling proficiency exam whilst at junior school i.e. aged 8 or 9. The Police examine the bikes and set the examination route on actual roads. Prior to the exam, the children are taken to a training centre, which has a miniature road system, complete with stop signs and traffic lights. This is free and children are able to practice as much as they want to i.e. at weekends and so on. Children are NOT allowed to ride bikes on the road unless they have passed this exam. My two have passed their exam, my youngest passed hers just before Easter. In order for my children to cycle to school, all I have to do is write a letter to the school giving my permission, for insurance purposes. There are some cycle lanes, but these are not widespread. Children here are taught to ride responsibly, and must wear helmets. Instead of moaning and wishing kids could ride their bikes to school in the UK, why not do something about it and train them properly.


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