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

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


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  • 1. Family cycling
    William Baker &
    Emma Barraclough
  • 2. Overview
    Context
    How to cycle with children
    babies and toddlers
    pedalling passengers
    Cycling independently
    learning to ride
    cycling on roads
    cycling independently
    Family cycling
    Cycling to school
    BCC priorities
  • 3. Health and safety
    “We are creating a nation of battery-reared children instead of free range children”
    Obesity epidemic:
    27% children in 2009 overweight
    not rise in calories consumed but fall in calories expended
    health experts: > 1 hour/day of exercise
    The school run:
    1/5 of traffic at 8.50 am on week days
    accidents at school gates
    parents’ perception: walking & cycling unsafe
  • 4. Family & children cycling
    Less traffic
    less CO2
    reduces stress
    more sociable urban environment
    Improved quality of life
    health and exercise
    children more alert and focussed
    more independent
    better sense of place
    Build into everyday tasks and leisure
    FUN!
  • 5. Babies and toddlers
  • 6. Child seats
    9 mths – 4/5 yrs (depending on weight)
    The bike:
    mountain or hybrid work best
    wide, lower pressure tyres: absorb bumps
    Tips:
    reclining rear seats: sleeping babies
    strap baby’s feet in
    wrap up warm, protect against rain
    fit handlebar mirror (traffic & baby)
    low rider front panniers: baby paraphernalia
    Start young
    baby takes it for granted
    bike handling easier as baby grows
  • 7.
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  • 11. Child trailers
    Many advantages over child seats
    Can carry 2 children, shopping, paraphernalia
    Can use with 3mth babies in car seat
    More comfortable for child
    Better protection against weather
    Some convert to prams or skis!
    HOWEVER, harder work for cyclist
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  • 14. Victoria Park
  • 15. Pedalling passengers
  • 16. Trailer bikes
    Suitable for age 4 – 9
    Tow bar to child’s bike
    Rack or seat post attached
    Rack attached better, though cost more
    Handling can be difficult, particularly for seat-post attached
    Hard work for parent on longer rides
    “Most of the time you won’t get much help in powering along, yet when your co-rider really pedals you will feel it”
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  • 20. Tandems
    Very efficient and sociable
    Kiddy back or ‘kiddy front’
    scaled for child from start
    Adapt adult tandem
    kiddy cranks
    crank shorteners
    shorter cranks
    extend reach of handlebars
    Toe clips make a big difference
    Triplets
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  • 27. Pedalling independently
  • 28. Getting started
    Most children can learn between age 3 & 6
    Secret of cycling is balance, not pedalling
    Start with ‘push along’ (age 2+) or bike with pedals removed
    Scooters also help
    Avoid stabilisers if pos
    Look out for Lidl bargains: £10-30
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  • 31. Learning to ride
    Remove pedals
    Seat low enough for both feet flat on the ground
    Explain brakes; use front brake
    Find gentle slope
    Coast towards parent – in front of bike
    “On a bike you go where you look. So look where you want to go”
    Once used to coasting, re-fit pedals
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  • 34. Buying a child’s bike
    Make sure it fits
    important for safety
    not a case of ‘growing into it’
    Light weight is vital: you will carry it a lot
    Suspension adds weight and of little use
    More gears are not better
    Front derailleurs superfluous until older
    Riding position: fairly upright
    Brakes and cranks sized properly
    Don’t skimp – still cheaper thanXbox+games
  • 35.
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  • 37. Malago Greenway
  • 38. Road cycling: with parent
    Basics for children
    competent cyclist
    responds to instructions
    knows left and right
    Road positioning
    child leads, parent bike length behind
    parent rides further out in road
    call out instructions
    ride alongside coming up to side roads
    Cycling as a family: options
  • 39. Road cycling: independent
    Pavement cycling: <10 not liable
    Age 8 – 11: can start cycling on roads without supervision
    Cycle training (Bikeability)
    level 1: cycle control
    level 2: intro to road cycling
    level 3: more advanced road cycling
    parents need training too
    Increases independence
    av. distance secondary school: 3.3 miles
    see friends and go to leisure activities
  • 40. Bike It, Slow Bike Race, Hanham
  • 41. Family cycling
    Family bike rides
    cycle paths and quiet roads
    about 10 miles
    lots of breaks
    train assisted are very popular
    but most trains only 2-4 bikes
    Multi-family group rides
    tag-alongs, tandems and solos
    more fun for kids if other kids cycling
    build in other activities
  • 42. Kentisbeare Junior Cycling Clubwww.kjcc.org.uk
  • 43.
  • 44. The Bristol & Bath Railway Path
  • 45. Utility family cycling
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  • 49. Cycling to school
    1% primary and 4.2% secondary pupils cycle to school, yet 31% want to
    Denmark: 50% pupils cycle to school
    Why is cycling to school so low?
    not encouraged
    nowhere safe to park bikes
    lack confidence, yet training free for Yr 3+
    worried about cycling in traffic
    Survey at Exeter secondary school
    570 pupils cycled in 1 week; 3 were girls
    Big in accidents, primary to secondary
  • 50. Cycling to school: Bristol
    Cycling city
    2008: 901 cycled to school; 2009: 977 (48k)
    target to double number by 2011
    School travel plans: sustainable transport
    Govt target: all schools by March 2010
    6 out of 180 Bristol LEA schools - no plans
    2004 school travel target for Bristol:
    car use does not increase
    Situation in 2010
    slight decrease in primary
    slight increase in secondary: school choice
  • 51.
  • 52. Children cycling initiatives
    School travel plans
    survey, issues, proposed solutions
    route to school planning maps
    ‘wheels and heels’ grants
    cycling events, initiatives, storage
    bike events: cycle from 3% to 60-90%
    Sustrans bike it
    support to schools, cycling champions
    cycling levels 5x national average
    CTC bike club
    age10-20 projects, partic low income & BME
  • 53.
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  • 55. Bike It, new cycle storage, Bradley Stoke
  • 56. BCC, families and children
    Set up family cycling group
    leaflets, school newsletters, Council support
    driving to ride starts?
    School travel plans
    lobby to improve, more Council support
    quiet routes to school, discourage driving
    Utility cycling
    encourage family & child cycling
    general cycle promotion, e.g. 20mph limit
    Other lobbying
    improve off-road & quiet routes
    more bikes on trains
  • 57. Further information
    w.baker@blueyonder.co.uk & emma_barraclough@hotmail.com
    BCC family bike rideswww.discoverbristol.btik.com/home.ikml
    www.bikeability.org.uk/
    www.schooltravelplans.org
    http://bikeclub.org.uk/
    www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/bike-it
    Kentisbeare Junior Cycling Clubwww.kjcc.org.uk