Keep young cyclists safe

Daily Echo: Keep young cyclists safe Keep young cyclists safe

Whilst its wonderful to see the next generation having received their bikes for Christmas, may I as a seasoned rider offer parents some important advice.

If your child is riding after dark (and highly advisable in poor visibility – eg if it rains or is foggy) they must have, under law, a minimum of:

• 1x front white light

• 1x red rear light

• 1x red rear reflector

Lights are very cheap now, they can even be fitted permanently (eg Reelights will cost you no more than £30 and use magnets instead of batteries – they are always on). If you can afford a bike for Junior you can afford good lights. £12 will get you a cheap supermarket set, £55 will get you a quality Moon Comet or Smart Lunar set.

If in doubt, seasoned riders will always offer advice via the internet forums (Cyclechat, Bikerader, CTC’s own etc) or via the local clubs (see British Cycling’s website)! You are not alone!

I also recommend you contact your child’s school and ask about Bikeability classes. Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid. Parents can also get this training via Southampton Cycle Campaign and the local CTC body – it will help them understand what is expected of their child.

Let’s raise the next generation to be safe and responsible. Give them the opportunity to enjoy cycling without the risks via these practices.

DJ COOK, Southampton.

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6:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

From the sidelines says...

"Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.
"Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic. From the sidelines
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6:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

downfader says...

From the sidelines wrote:
"Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.
http://lcc.org.uk/ar
ticles/addison-lee-c
hairman-wrong-to-bla
me-cyclists-because-
most-crashes-are-cau
sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children.

I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: "Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.[/p][/quote]http://lcc.org.uk/ar ticles/addison-lee-c hairman-wrong-to-bla me-cyclists-because- most-crashes-are-cau sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children. I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road. downfader
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12:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

downfader wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
"Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.
http://lcc.org.uk/ar

ticles/addison-lee-c

hairman-wrong-to-bla

me-cyclists-because-

most-crashes-are-cau

sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children.

I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road.
And even if the parents make the child have as many lights as me(or lights as bright as mine), it still won't be enough if drivers just aren't looking.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: "Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.[/p][/quote]http://lcc.org.uk/ar ticles/addison-lee-c hairman-wrong-to-bla me-cyclists-because- most-crashes-are-cau sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children. I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road.[/p][/quote]And even if the parents make the child have as many lights as me(or lights as bright as mine), it still won't be enough if drivers just aren't looking. Ginger_cyclist
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4:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

camerajuan says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
downfader wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
"Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.
http://lcc.org.uk/ar


ticles/addison-lee-c


hairman-wrong-to-bla


me-cyclists-because-


most-crashes-are-cau


sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children.

I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road.
And even if the parents make the child have as many lights as me(or lights as bright as mine), it still won't be enough if drivers just aren't looking.
Which, by the amount of crash stories seen on here and the metallic grey sports car I saw wrapped around a tree on the avenue yesterday morning, is quite a lot of the time.

It needs to stop. People die because others are being negligent. Its ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: "Eighty per cent of child cycling casualties are down to the child doing something they can easily avoid." - I'd like to see a citation for that statistic.[/p][/quote]http://lcc.org.uk/ar ticles/addison-lee-c hairman-wrong-to-bla me-cyclists-because- most-crashes-are-cau sed-by-bad-driving has a break down... around 11% of all serious cycling injuries are children. I wrote this after traveling through part of the Thornhill estate off Hinkler road.[/p][/quote]And even if the parents make the child have as many lights as me(or lights as bright as mine), it still won't be enough if drivers just aren't looking.[/p][/quote]Which, by the amount of crash stories seen on here and the metallic grey sports car I saw wrapped around a tree on the avenue yesterday morning, is quite a lot of the time. It needs to stop. People die because others are being negligent. Its ridiculous. camerajuan
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