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Bikeability 2016

 

At Saint Mary’s we want our young people to be confident that they can cycle safely on the road, so we have our year 5 pupils attend a course called Bikeability, level 2.

Two thirds of all fatal accidents involving children and young people are as a result of road collisions (source: Department for Transport) - the only way we are going to have any impact on this is to educate from as early an age as possible. The Road Safety Team at Cheshire East offers a progressive education programme in pre-schools, schools and colleges to help do this.

 

Bikeability is a National Standard for Cycle Training course, delivered to Year 5 and 6 children in schools across the UK. It covers basic cycle control skills, the use of safety equipment, road safety knowledge and cycling manoeuvres with a view to trainees having the skills and confidence to make their every day journeys by bike.

 

The key outcomes for Bikeability cycle training are to give children the knowledge and experience to ride safely on roads and understand how traffic behaves. This method has been seen to encourage cycling as both a leisure activity and a commuting tool.  All instructors are fully qualified, insured and CRB checked. 

 

For Bikeability Level 1, the children learn to control and master their bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park. 

For Bikeability Level 2, the children go out on the roads! Level 2 gives a real cycling experience so that children are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school.

 

The Year 5 children at Saint Mary’s had a wonderful two days taking part in Cheshire East’s Bikeability scheme this January despite the cold weather. There were two adult instructors from CEC, Mr Bolton and Mr Hargreaves. The children were split into two groups and spent time on the road outside school and then on roads up and around the fire station.    They learned how to keep safe and were complimented on how sensible they had all been.   All the youngsters passed their training to Level 2 by the end of the two days.  Certificates will be given out at the weekly merit assembly by Mrs Sacha Humphries, Headteacher.

 

Mrs Humphries said, ‘We have secure storage area for bikes and now the children have the confidence to ride safely after their Bikeability training.  As a Green Flag eco school we promote sustainability, we hope more children will make their daily journey to school by bike instead of by car.  We have booked next year’s visit for Year 5s as we feel it is really important that children learn the rules of the road at an early age.

 

We endorse the message from eco-schools:

The more people rely on cars to get to work and to take their children to school, the more we are damaging our health and the health of those around us. Walking or cycling to work or school, or using public transport, instead can provide exercise that can help promote a long and active life.

School governor and eco coordinator Patti Pinto said, ‘It is great to see our pupils receiving this training on how to cycle safely on the road.  Transport and healthy living are just two of our eco topics and cycling will encourage the children to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.’ 

Some of Year 5 class with their cycles

Some of Year 5 class with their cycles 1
Some of Year 5 class with their cycles 2
Some of Year 5 class with their cycles 3
Some of Year 5 class with their cycles 4

Bikeability 2015

 

Two thirds of all fatal accidents involving children and young people are as a result of road collisions (source: Department for Transport) - the only way we are going to have any impact on this is to educate from as early an age as possible. The Road Safety Team at Cheshire East offers a progressive education programme in pre-schools, schools and colleges to help do this.

 

Bikeability is a National Standard for Cycle Training course currently being delivered to Year 5 and 6 children in schools across the UK. It covers basic cycle control skills, the use of safety equipment, road safety knowledge and cycling manoeuvres with a view to trainees having the skills and confidence to make their every day journeys by bike.

 

Cheshire East Council has been working in partnership with Cyclist Training Ltd (CTL), which is based in Stone, Staffs.  to offer as many Year 5, 6 and 7 children across the borough as possible the opportunity to receive FREE Bikeability training. The key outcomes for Bikeability cycle training are to give children the knowledge and experience to ride safely on roads and understand how traffic behaves. This method has been seen to encourage cycling as both a leisure activity and a commuting tool.  All instructors are fully qualified, insured and CRB checked. 

 

For Bikeability Level 2, the children go out on the roads! Level 2 gives  a real cycling experience so that children are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school.

 

Bikeability Level 2 :

  • Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles
  • Be aware of everything around you and signal your intentions to other road users when someone needs to know what you’re doing
  • Position yourself properly on the road and pass side roads
  • Use junctions including turning left and right into major and minor roads
  • Decide whether a cycle lane will help with your journey
  • Use the Highway Code, particularly when it comes to understanding road signs

 

Twenty seven Year 5 children at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary school had a wonderful day taking part in Cheshire East’s Bikeability scheme. There were two adult instructors Mr Bolton and Mr Foster. The children were split into two groups and spent time inside learning some road safety theory (the Highway code) and parts of a bike ;then on the road outside school and then on roads up and around the fire station.    They learned how to keep safe and were complimented on how sensible they had all been.   All the youngsters passed their training to Level 2 by the end of the day and were awarded their certificates following the weekly merit assembly by Mrs Sacha Humphries, Headteacher.

 

Mrs Humphries said, ‘We have secure storage area for bikes and now the children have the confidence to ride safely after their Bikeability training.  As an eco school with three Green Flags we promote sustainable travel, we hope more children will make their daily journey to school by bike instead of by car.  We have booked next year’s visit for Year 5s as we feel it is really important that children learn the rules of the road at an early age.

 

We endorse the message from eco-schools:  The more people rely on cars to get to work and to take their children to school, the more we are damaging our health and the health of those around us. Walking or cycling to work or school, or using public transport, instead can provide exercise that can help promote a long and active life.’

 

School governor and eco coordinator Patti Pinto said, ‘Transport is one of our topics for our fourth Green Flag, so it is great to see our pupils receiving this training on how to cycle safely on the road.  Cycling also improves health and as healthy living are is another of our eco topics, cycling will encourage the children to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.’  

 

 

Bikeability 2014

 

Two thirds of all fatal accidents involving children and young people are as a result of road collisions (source: Department for Transport) - the only way we are going to have any impact on this is to educate from as early an age as possible. The Road Safety Team at Cheshire East offers a progressive education programme in pre-schools, schools and colleges to help do this. 

Bikeability is a National Standard for Cycle Training course currently being delivered to Year 5 and 6 children in schools across the UK. It covers basic cycle control skills, the use of safety equipment, road safety knowledge and cycling manoeuvres with a view to trainees having the skills and confidence to make their every day journeys by bike.

 

Cheshire East Council has been working in partnership with Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC), the UK's national cyclists' organisation, to offer as many Year 5, 6 and 7 children across the borough as possible the opportunity to receive FREE Bikeability training since 2012. The key outcomes for Bikeability cycle training are to give children the knowledge and experience to ride safely on roads and understand how traffic behaves. This method has been seen to encourage cycling as both a leisure activity and a commuting tool.  All instructors are fully qualified, insured and CRB checked. 

 

For Bikeability Level 1, the children learn to control and master their bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park.  For Bikeability Level 2, the children go out on the roads! Level 2 gives  a real cycling experience so that children are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school.

 

Twenty three Year 5 children at Saint Mary’s had a wonderful two days taking part in Cheshire East’s Bikeability scheme. There were two adult instructors from CEC, Mr Bolton and Mr Roberts. The children were split into two groups and spent time on the road outside school and then on roads up and around the fire station.    They learned how to keep safe and were complimented on how sensible they had all been.   All the youngsters passed their training to Level 2 by the end of the two days and were awarded their certificates at the weekly merit assembly by Mrs Sacha Humphries, Headteacher.

 

Mrs Humphries said, ‘We have secure storage area for bikes and now the children have the confidence to ride safely after their Bikeability training.  As a Green Flag eco school we promote sustainability, we hope more children will make their daily journey to school by bike instead of by car.  We have booked next year’s visit for Year 5s as we feel it is really important that children learn the rules of the road at an early age.

 

We endorse the message from eco-schools:

The more people rely on cars to get to work and to take their children to school, the more we are damaging our health and the health of those around us. Walking or cycling to work or school, or using public transport, instead can provide exercise that can help promote a long and active life.

School governor and eco coordinator Patti Pinto said, ‘It is great to see our pupils receiving this training on how to cycle safely on the road.  Transport and healthy living are just two of our eco topics and cycling will encourage the children to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.’  

 

Picture 1 on-road instruction to gain their level 2 qual
Picture 2 We passed!

Mar 2012      Year 6           Let’s bike  

Feb 2013      Years 5 & 6   Bikeability -two days in school and on road lessons - achieved level 2 

5 March Road safety poster competition ‘DIPSY’, winners given awards

2013 identified that parking outside school is very congested at 9 and 3 each school day. Eco council writing letter to Tesco to ask if parents can use their car park (park and stride initiative). Parents can park & use safe crossing two minute walk to school. Another car park identified on Royle St (3-4 mins walk along Belgrave Ave to school). When agreements made, eco council to write letter to deliver to residents of Belgrave Ave (many have complained about parking & blockages of the road).  Continue to work on this in Sep 2013.  Following further complaints from residents, the Park and stride parking at Tesco was launched in November. The local PSCO has visited school to speak with the children about road safety and safe parking.

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