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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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    Family Cycling 2010 Family Cycling 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • Family cycling
      William Baker &
      Emma Barraclough
    • Overview
      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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Babies and toddlers
    • Child seats
      9 mths – 4/5 yrs (depending on weight)
      The bike:
      mountain or hybrid work best
      wide, lower pressure tyres: absorb bumps
      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
    • 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
    • Victoria Park
    • Pedalling passengers
    • 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”
    • 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
    • Pedalling independently
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Malago Greenway
    • 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
    • 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
    • Bike It, Slow Bike Race, Hanham
    • 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
    • Kentisbeare Junior Cycling
    • The Bristol & Bath Railway Path
    • Utility family cycling
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Bike It, new cycle storage, Bradley Stoke
    • 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
    • Further information &
      BCC family bike
      Kentisbeare Junior Cycling