After the report from the APPCG (All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group) was released, the debate as to whether children should have compulsory cycling lessons has re-emerged. What do you think? Should children have compulsory cycling lessons?
It is being argued that cycling should have the same status on the National Curriculum as swimming and children should be having lessons from the age of 5 years old, as it is an essential life skill. Critics have attacked the recent proposal of a change to PE lessons for children aged 5-14. This overhall has a focus on swimming, athletics, dance and team sports such as football, netball, rounders, basketball and hockey. There is no mention of cycling and this is thought to be a major oversight. ‘Bikeability’ is the National Standard for cycling training, but just half of children in the UK get access to it, through schools.
It is argued that by the time children are age 5, they should be capable of controlling a bike in off-road conditions and at age 14, pupils should have knowledge of riding on local roads, be able to communicate with other drivers and have a basic understanding of the Highway Code.
Learning to use a bike safely and on road conditions is a great skill for children to have, however the majority of UK roads don’t have the correct infrastructure to provide people with the ability to cycle safely, leaving children and parents put off by the possible dangers that come with cycling on the road.
National Bike to School week is just a few months away (June 10th -14th) and this could be many schools opportunity to trial out cycling lessons with their pupils. Find out more about Bike to School Week 2013.
One problem that schools have with cycling and pupils cycling to school is that few schools have ample bike storage for all students. If your school is in need of more bike storage, Asgard have a wide range of cycle racks available in a variety of sizes.