PPA and BEN launch safe cycling school programme

With the obesity statistics amongst kids on the increase, it is important to get children back on bikes safely to improve their health and fitness levels. The Pedal Power Association in conjunction with the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is launching a safe cycling school programme on Thursday 29 September at Bergsig Primary School, Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats to introduce children to cycling whilst focussing on road safety.

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“For more than 40 years the PPA has been promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists. We believe that everyone should ride a bicycle every day be it to school, work, to the shops and just for fun. We are proud to be involved with the safe cycling school programme as the safety of our children on bicycles is of utmost importance to us,” says CEO of the PPA, Robert Vogel.

 

“The number of children cycling to school alone has rapidly decreased over the past few decades, largely because parents worry about traffic danger. We want to teach children about road safety and encourage parents to cycle with their children. Once your child is confident on their bike, getting them used to cycle on roads with dedicated cycle lanes, will improve their confidence and fitness.” explains Vogel.

 


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The cycling programme consists of a theoretical lesson on all elements of safe cycling followed by a practical session of riding bicycles in a controlled environment on the school grounds.

 

“Bicycles are a fun, eco-friendly and affordable way to get you where you need to be but children need to be educated on safety when cycling,” explains Tim Mosdell, general manager BEN. “Bicycles are for everyone no matter your age!”

 

PPA, South Africa’s largest cycling organisation , launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011 which resulted in a 1 metre passing law which was promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape. In 2014, the PPA launched the STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign that urges motorists to pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more with the aim being to create awareness on the roads about how vulnerable cyclists are.

 

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The safety of all cyclists on our roads is our top priority,” says Vogel who plans to launch the safe cycling school programme nationally.

 

Should you wish to involve your school with our programme, send an email to info@pedalpower.org.za.For more information on the organisations visit the websites www.pedalpower.org.za and www.benbikes.org.za.






7 Comments

'Dale, Sep 28 2016 09:30

Awesomeness 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

johannrissik, Sep 29 2016 07:11

Great to see this happening. Riding a bike to school is what kids should do.
It's important not to assume that riding bikes to school will solve the childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity is caused by kids eating the wrong stuff.

 

edit: spelling

DJR, Sep 29 2016 07:34

Great to see this happening. Riding a bike to school is what kids should do.
It's imporrant not to assume that riding bikes to school will solve the childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity is caused by kids eating the wrong stuff.

................because parents are too rushed or too lazy to provide and teach good eating habits. It is just too easy to give them money for KFC!

Slowbee, Sep 29 2016 08:27

loooooooooooooong ago, the grounds of the rand easter show "when still on the old show grounds at wits" they used to have a road safety area. Twice a year the primary school would go there and we would all get bikes and helmits ( ;-) ). They would explain the road rules etc. We would ride around for an hour or three and the "police officer" would fine you if you broke the rules. Aka, you did not get a certificate at the end cause they had your name and you cried like hell on the road side when they gave you the slip of paper!

 

not much has changed, in terms of crying when the slip of paper arrives/

mtb impi, Sep 30 2016 11:51

With the obesity statistics amongst kids on the increase, it is important to get children back on bikes safely to improve their health and fitness levels. The Pedal Power Association in conjunction with the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is launching a safe cycling school programme on Thursday 29 September at Bergsig Primary School, Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats to introduce children to cycling whilst focussing on road safety.Click here to view the article

Dont see the point here I am afraid!

Oh well, i suppose any positive input is a good start. And cycling is fun afterall.

marko35s, Oct 01 2016 05:29

Dont see the point here I am afraid!

Oh well, i suppose any positive input is a good start. And cycling is fun afterall.

Even if it is only your last line that is true then for those kids it's a worthy exercise.

DJR, Oct 01 2016 08:06

Dont see the point here I am afraid!

Oh well, i suppose any positive input is a good start. And cycling is fun afterall.

But you DO get it!