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Get schooled on cycle safety

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Published: 26/02/2013

Working together with M.A.D, the UK’s number one mountain bike stunt display team, there will be cycle safety demonstrations by talented mountain bike riders at schools in South Gloucestershire between March 4 and 13.

Secondary schools taking part include Bradley Stoke Community School, Mangotsfield, Brimsham Green and John Cabot Academy, along with primary schools. The safety presentations will take place indoors and for some schools they will form part of an assembly on cycling and safety.

Aimed at pupils aged between 7 and 12, the team will showcase their stunt display demonstration and then students will be invited to ask questions. The team’s slogans are ‘MAD but not stupid’ and ‘get the training and wear the kit’, and they will highlight the importance of safety, wearing a helmet, and also talk about how much time they’ve spent training. This will be followed by a commentary on why riding a bike is so good for you, focussing on the benefits and health aspects.

Cycling instructors will also be present throughout the presentation to sign students up for free Bikeability cycle safety awareness courses. Bikeability courses improve your on-road riding ability, and aim to make you more road aware. To get their Bikeability award, children will be instructed on how to ride their bikes to the Government-approved National Standard for Cycle Training, which sets out the training and skills essential for making cycling trips on road. Courses are available during school time and also during the school holidays.

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