Social Research Transport Research Summary 2011 - Cycle Training in Primary Schools Research
- There was broad support for on-road cycle training and common agreement that it was superior to playground based training – offering a more realistic experience and faster and more effective learning.
- Schools with on-road cycle training programmes were generally content with these, and felt that they were sustainable. The biggest concern for schools relating to on-road training was being able to ensure pupil safety.
- A key component of delivering safe on-road training was having an adequate number of volunteer trainers to ensure a reasonable ratio of adults to children. Identifying volunteers to deliver on-road training was the most significant and common barrier to on-road training.
- Some schools asked staff to volunteer as trainers alongside parents, or involved Road Safety Officers or other local authority staff temporarily. This reduced parent responsibility and built staff expertise in
- Other key barriers include identifying a suitable safe site, and resistance to change amongst school staff. Some schools had enhanced volunteer confidence through taking a phased approach to moving from the playground, to a quiet road and on to a busier environment. Signs and fluorescent tabards were also used to alert drivers.
- Some schools in areas of high deprivation identified barriers to introducing any kind of cycle training – with challenges ensuring adequate supply of bicycles, safe storage of equipment and identifying suitable locations.
- Parent councils were positive about and supportive of on-road cycle training, but had limited involvement in planning training at the case study schools.