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  1. SRD
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    In an interesting discussion on twitter about an edinburgh primary that has banned kids from cycling to school so that they can receive cycle training (the irony).

    anyone know if this is an isolated case, or there are other schools saying same thing?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

    https://twitter.com/srdorman/status/322449540949110785

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    John M Hunt (@Johnmhunt)
    11/04/2013 21:44
    @SRDorman @kawhitson @ianmb @kim_harding Pentland Primary (formerly Comiston)

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  3. chdot
    Admin

    Of course there is no way schools can 'ban' cycling to school.

    They are probably within their rights to limit those allowed to leave bikes at school.

    There was a time when this might have been a good idea as a 'reward' for doing/passing cycle training.

    But now all ages cycle (and scooter - are they banned?) to schools.

    It's unlikely that any of these will be cycling without an adult - but even then, that would (presumably) be with parental consent.

    Pre cycle training age (generally P6) most are likely to ride on the pavement - so little danger from cars.

    It's a bit sad that it's Pentland.

    It has done a lot in the past to encourage cycling and it is surrounded by an extensive path network.

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  4. ianmb
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    There's a Summer Fair at Pentland in a few weeks (25/5). If anyone knows a way it could promote cycling then let me know.

    In this day and age I can see why the school takes an approach like this. All it takes is one kid to get involved in an accident whilst taking their bike to a school cycling training session then a legal case could result in today's culture. I don't agree with this but can see the reasoning.

    Kids hardly walk to primary school themselves these days, never mind cycle. Changed days from when I was young.

    I doubt my kids would cycle to Pentland even if it was 'allowed'. That's more due to a large hill for the return journey and it only being a 10 minute walk. However, I wouldn't be comfortable with them taking their bikes across Oxgangs Road unless they got off and walked across the road at the pedestrian crossing.

    On the plus side they are walked to school just about everyday in all weathers. I see a lot of parents driving a very short distance to take their kid to school when walking would almost be quicker. Promoting more people to walk is just a good an aim as cycling, both remove unnecessary car journeys.

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  5. Dave
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    How would you feel if walking to school was banned until P6 walking lessons had been delivered?

    After all, I imagine the vast majority of incidents en-route to schools will be to kids on foot.

    Strange message. You would have thought that legal counsel would confirm that the school has no liability (alternatively, if the school fails to encourage active travel and my child develops a sedentary disease or becomes obese, can I sue them?)

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  6. Roibeard
    Member

    Very odd - didn't they do the Big Pedal in 2012, which scores schools based on the numbers walking, cycling or scooting to school?

    Robert

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. Arellcat
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    It's a bit sad that it's Pentland.

    It has done a lot in the past to encourage cycling and it is surrounded by an extensive path network.

    It wasn't always like that. In its Comiston Primary days cycling to school was expressly forbidden except on cycling proficiency days. This was probably more to do with there being nowhere to lock the bikes.

    There are a few Sheffield stands in the grounds now, and I see some children going to school on their bikes, but as I'm just passing by on my way to work I don't know how many of those bikes make their way home with the parent afterwards. I tend to get the impression that the stands were more for use by the staff.

    Yet look at Roseburn primary school. They have bikes and scooters coming out of their ears.

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  8. chdot
    Admin

    "Yet look at Roseburn primary school. They have bikes and scooters coming out of their ears"

    It's a bit unfortunate that the racks are outside the school (in a 'security' sense - though bikes do get stolen at school). That was because a previous head teacher didn't want to encourage cycling to school at all.

    Now it even sends a staff member to Bike Week planning seminars!

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  9. SRD
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    rather unscintillating blog and discussion today over at the guardian (ha! meant to type grauniad but it came out right)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2013/apr/12/children-cycling-school-run

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. wee folding bike
    Member

    My boys sometimes get snarky comments from their teachers and last year cycling got a mention in the school news letter but they know the staff involved are bams.

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