Social Research Transport Research Summary 2011 - Cycle Training in Primary Schools Research

Planning and Delivering On-Road Cycle Training

Overall, decisions about the type and level of cycle training offered at the case study schools were made by teachers – generally head teachers and deputy head teachers – working with their Road Safety Officer or Active Schools Co-ordinator. Support and guidance from these road safety professionals was critical in establishing and maintaining on-road cycle programmes.

Parent councils had very limited involvement in decisions about cycle training – despite relatively high levels of interest from parents in this area.

Schools offering on-road cycle training were generally very content with their programme. School staff felt that once programmes were set up, they were relatively easy to sustain. Sustainable on-road training programmes often had strong leadership from the head teacher, dedicated staff volunteers, and an active pool of parent volunteers.