Family Cycling 2010


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A guide to family cycling. Presentation and discussion at Bristol Cycling Campaign meeting May 2010.

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Family Cycling 2010

  1. 1. Family cycling<br />William Baker &<br />Emma Barraclough<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Context<br />How to cycle with children<br />babies and toddlers<br />pedalling passengers<br />Cycling independently<br />learning to ride<br />cycling on roads<br />cycling independently<br />Family cycling<br />Cycling to school<br />BCC priorities<br />
  3. 3. Health and safety<br />“We are creating a nation of battery-reared children instead of free range children”<br />Obesity epidemic: <br />27% children in 2009 overweight<br />not rise in calories consumed but fall in calories expended<br />health experts: > 1 hour/day of exercise<br />The school run:<br />1/5 of traffic at 8.50 am on week days<br />accidents at school gates<br />parents’ perception: walking & cycling unsafe<br />
  4. 4. Family & children cycling<br />Less traffic <br />less CO2<br />reduces stress<br />more sociable urban environment<br />Improved quality of life<br />health and exercise<br />children more alert and focussed<br />more independent<br />better sense of place<br />Build into everyday tasks and leisure<br />FUN!<br />
  5. 5. Babies and toddlers<br />
  6. 6. Child seats<br />9 mths – 4/5 yrs (depending on weight)<br />The bike: <br />mountain or hybrid work best<br />wide, lower pressure tyres: absorb bumps<br />Tips:<br />reclining rear seats: sleeping babies<br />strap baby’s feet in<br />wrap up warm, protect against rain<br />fit handlebar mirror (traffic & baby)<br />low rider front panniers: baby paraphernalia<br />Start young<br />baby takes it for granted<br />bike handling easier as baby grows<br />
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  11. 11. Child trailers<br />Many advantages over child seats<br />Can carry 2 children, shopping, paraphernalia<br />Can use with 3mth babies in car seat<br />More comfortable for child<br />Better protection against weather<br />Some convert to prams or skis!<br />HOWEVER, harder work for cyclist<br />
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  14. 14. Victoria Park<br />
  15. 15. Pedalling passengers<br />
  16. 16. Trailer bikes<br />Suitable for age 4 – 9<br />Tow bar to child’s bike<br />Rack or seat post attached <br />Rack attached better, though cost more <br />Handling can be difficult, particularly for seat-post attached<br />Hard work for parent on longer rides<br />“Most of the time you won’t get much help in powering along, yet when your co-rider really pedals you will feel it”<br />
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  20. 20. Tandems<br />Very efficient and sociable<br />Kiddy back or ‘kiddy front’<br />scaled for child from start<br />Adapt adult tandem<br />kiddy cranks <br />crank shorteners<br />shorter cranks<br />extend reach of handlebars<br />Toe clips make a big difference<br />Triplets<br />
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  27. 27. Pedalling independently<br />
  28. 28. Getting started<br />Most children can learn between age 3 & 6<br />Secret of cycling is balance, not pedalling<br />Start with ‘push along’ (age 2+) or bike with pedals removed <br />Scooters also help<br />Avoid stabilisers if pos<br />Look out for Lidl bargains: £10-30<br />
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  31. 31. Learning to ride<br />Remove pedals<br />Seat low enough for both feet flat on the ground<br />Explain brakes; use front brake<br />Find gentle slope<br />Coast towards parent – in front of bike<br />“On a bike you go where you look. So look where you want to go”<br />Once used to coasting, re-fit pedals<br />
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  34. 34. Buying a child’s bike<br />Make sure it fits<br />important for safety<br />not a case of ‘growing into it’<br />Light weight is vital: you will carry it a lot<br />Suspension adds weight and of little use<br />More gears are not better<br />Front derailleurs superfluous until older<br />Riding position: fairly upright<br />Brakes and cranks sized properly<br />Don’t skimp – still cheaper thanXbox+games<br />
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  37. 37. Malago Greenway<br />
  38. 38. Road cycling: with parent<br />Basics for children<br />competent cyclist<br />responds to instructions<br />knows left and right<br />Road positioning<br />child leads, parent bike length behind<br />parent rides further out in road<br />call out instructions<br />ride alongside coming up to side roads<br />Cycling as a family: options<br />
  39. 39. Road cycling: independent<br />Pavement cycling: <10 not liable<br />Age 8 – 11: can start cycling on roads without supervision<br />Cycle training (Bikeability)<br />level 1: cycle control<br />level 2: intro to road cycling<br />level 3: more advanced road cycling<br />parents need training too<br />Increases independence<br />av. distance secondary school: 3.3 miles<br />see friends and go to leisure activities<br />
  40. 40. Bike It, Slow Bike Race, Hanham<br />
  41. 41. Family cycling <br />Family bike rides<br />cycle paths and quiet roads<br />about 10 miles<br />lots of breaks <br />train assisted are very popular<br />but most trains only 2-4 bikes<br />Multi-family group rides<br />tag-alongs, tandems and solos<br />more fun for kids if other kids cycling<br />build in other activities<br />
  42. 42. Kentisbeare Junior Cycling<br />
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  44. 44. The Bristol & Bath Railway Path<br />
  45. 45. Utility family cycling<br />
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  49. 49. Cycling to school<br />1% primary and 4.2% secondary pupils cycle to school, yet 31% want to<br />Denmark: 50% pupils cycle to school<br />Why is cycling to school so low?<br />not encouraged<br />nowhere safe to park bikes<br />lack confidence, yet training free for Yr 3+<br />worried about cycling in traffic<br />Survey at Exeter secondary school<br />570 pupils cycled in 1 week; 3 were girls<br />Big in accidents, primary to secondary<br />
  50. 50. Cycling to school: Bristol<br />Cycling city<br />2008: 901 cycled to school; 2009: 977 (48k)<br />target to double number by 2011<br />School travel plans: sustainable transport<br />Govt target: all schools by March 2010<br />6 out of 180 Bristol LEA schools - no plans <br />2004 school travel target for Bristol: <br />car use does not increase<br />Situation in 2010<br />slight decrease in primary<br />slight increase in secondary: school choice<br />
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  52. 52. Children cycling initiatives<br />School travel plans<br />survey, issues, proposed solutions<br />route to school planning maps<br />‘wheels and heels’ grants<br />cycling events, initiatives, storage<br />bike events: cycle from 3% to 60-90% <br />Sustrans bike it<br />support to schools, cycling champions<br />cycling levels 5x national average<br />CTC bike club<br />age10-20 projects, partic low income & BME<br />
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  55. 55. Bike It, new cycle storage, Bradley Stoke<br />
  56. 56. BCC, families and children<br />Set up family cycling group<br />leaflets, school newsletters, Council support<br />driving to ride starts?<br />School travel plans<br />lobby to improve, more Council support<br />quiet routes to school, discourage driving<br />Utility cycling<br />encourage family & child cycling<br />general cycle promotion, e.g. 20mph limit<br />Other lobbying<br />improve off-road & quiet routes<br />more bikes on trains<br />
  57. 57. Further information<br /> &<br />BCC family bike<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kentisbeare Junior Cycling<br />