South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
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Safer Cycling

Cycling and scooting is so much fun. When the weather is nice, more children are likely to be out and about.

When children are on their bikes and scooters, does everyone know how important it is that we use them safely?

Bicycles and Scooters

Cycling is a fun and a healthy way of getting around. We encourage cycling (and scooting) in South Yorkshire. It is a great way to get to school, be with your friends and family and it is environmentally friendly.


Cyclist blue Skater blue Scooter girl blue

 

Protective clothing

Protective wears

Make sure your helmet fits correctly and is not damaged. Make sure the straps are fitted around your chin properly and the helmet isn't too loose or too tight on your head.

Accessories

Remember to accessorise!

You can add reflective items and small accessories to your bike to help you to be seen. Remember to have a bell if you are riding around pedestrians.

Maintenance

To keep safe always make sure that your bike is well looked after.

Maintenance bike

  1. Air - make sure your tyres are pumped up correctly.
  2. Brakes - before you take your bike out make sure the brakes are working. You can check this by pushing your bike next to you and pulling the levers to see if it stops the wheels from moving.
  3. Chain - ensure your chain moves smoothly and it is still attached! Check that your pedals are also secure.
  4. Seat and lights - Make sure that your seat is at the correct height to ride safely and comfortably. Make sure your lights are fully charged on a regular basis or change the batteries regularly to make sure they will work when you need them.
  5. Gears - make sure that the chain and gears work smoothly.

FREE Training - Bikeability

Bikeability badgesAs we encourage people to cycle in South Yorkshire, we want to make sure that through practical skills and training it can help you keep safer on the roads and make cycling an enjoyable experience

Who is entitled to FREE training?

Did you know that ALL primary schools in South Yorkshire are entitled to free safer cycling training? This is usually for year 6 children. Research shows that children who have completed Bikeability are better able to recognise and deal with hazards.

Even if you don't participate yourselves try and find out about it and ask if you can take some pictures to display on your notice board.

Barnsley - a.robinson@activebarnsley.com

Doncaster - jon.whiteley@dclt.co.uk

Rotherham - Kerry@cycleexperience.com

Sheffield - moira.stevenson@sheffield.gov.uk

Who does the training involve?

Qualified instructors take the children through several steps of training to improve their skills and confidence to navigate the roads more safely. There are three different levels that you can pass. For more information click here.

Even if your school doesn't do any cycle training there are many different things you could talk about to the children including safety equipment and cycle maintenance.

  • Survey
  • Assembly
  • Competition
  • Update your notice board

Just remember that if you need any resources or help with anything then get in touch with your JRSO Support Officer as they will have lots of things at their disposal.

Weblinks

Think Education - resources of children, teachers, parents and carers.

Tales of the Road - useful information for children along with activities.

Bikeability - information on increasing your cycle skills and confidence through training.

Cycle Savvy - keep your bike safe and secure

Highway Code - rules for cyclists on the government website (59-82)

Bike Register - make sure you record your bike on the national database, just in case

Cycle Smart Foundation - making sure that whilst your out cycling you ensure you have the correct equipment to protect you.

Bike Libraries

 

Activity sheets
bicycle
Bicycle (PDF)
Colour in this character to make sure the traffic will see him whilst he is on his bicycle. 

Dot to dot bike
Dot 2 Dot (PDF)
What can you see when joining the numbers?
bicycle partsScooter helmet
Scooter Helmet (PDF)
Can you design the best scooter helmet?
Motorcycle helmet
Motorcycle Helmet (PDF)
Can you design a funky helmet for motorcyclists?
Design your own t shirt
T-shirt (PDF)
Can you design your own bright t-shirt?
Posters
Its no joke
It's no joke - cycle helmet poster 
Its no laughing matter
It's no laughing matter - cycle helmet poster 
We're not messingWe're not messing around - cycle helmet posterTales of the roadTales of the road - Always wear a helmet