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Safe cycling this summer

With the arrival of warmer weather and the six-week holidays on the horizon, many students will be heading out on family bike rides or using bicycles as a way to get out and about with friends.

Cycling is a great topic to cover in class to get students prepared for summer. It’s great to promote the benefits of this activity, however, it’s important to encourage safety when cycling. As an official partner of the Tour De France, Bostik is strengthening its cycling links and providing some top tips for safe cycling.

  1. Teach your students about the importance of always wearing a cycle helmet. Other safety gear such as arm or knee pads are suitable for younger children, and reflective vests or bands should be encouraged for children who cycle when it is dark.
  2. Is the bike the right size? Students should be able to touch the floor with their feet while sitting on the saddle and reach the pedals comfortably.
  3. Practice road safety rules such as signalling in the classroom. A fun quiz idea is to identify different road signs to be aware of when cycling. Refer to the highway code for additional support and information.
  4. Make sure they know their route. Encourage your students to think about where they are going and what type of roads this will involve. Do they understand what will happen on the approach, at traffic lights and at roundabouts? Download our latest resource which asks students to plot their cycling route.
  5. Accidents can happen and it’s important to be prepared. Ensure your class know how to respond in an emergency. Make sure they know how to make a 999 call, are aware of their home telephone number and know their own address.

Safe cycling with Bostik

Have you seen our latest prize draw? We’re offering 100 lucky schools the chance to win a set of 50 Blu Tack reflective cycling bands! Head over to our competitions/prize draw page to find out how to enter and urge safe cycling amongst your students.