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Cycle Safely

Cycling needs to be encouraged – it’s green, healthy and fun and it helps children to become independent. However, in 2010, 168 cyclists aged 0-11 were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads, so it’s vital that children learn how to stay safe on a bike.


Helping your child stay safe

  • Cycling proficiency is available to our Primary 7 children and all are encouraged to take part.
  • Check your child’s bike to see if it’s roadworthy: look at brakes, tyres and lights/reflectors (when riding at dusk or at night you must have white front lights and red back lights and reflector)
  • Make sure the bike is the right size for your child
  • When out driving, teach your child about roundabouts, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings
  • Find out where local cycle paths and lanes are
  • Make sure your child wears a helmet which fits and is worn correctly, it should not be pushed too far back on the head
  • Ensure your child wears some high-visibility clothing when cycling
  • When out and about with your child look at cyclists and talk about how easy they are to see

Remember that if you cycle yourself you should set a good example!


The basics of cycling safet

  • Look behind before you turn, overtake or stop
  • Use arm signals before you turn right or left
  • Obey traffic lights and road signs
  • Do not ride on the pavement unless there is a sign saying that you can
  • On busy or narrow roads do not cycle next to another person
  • When overtaking parked cars, watch out for car doors opening suddenly
  • Do not listen to a personal stereo while cycling