This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Cycle into a


Cycle into a lifetime of fun


lifetime of fun


This makes riding a bike a great pastime for children and provides them with a life skill which will open up many sporting hobbies and social oppor tunities. www.cycling.uk.net/ lists many cycling organisations of them, The British Schools Cycling association, aim to offer cycling opportunities to all children in the UK and their development mission is: To increase the number of active cyclists amongst young people of school age and to offer them a wide range of educational experiences in the enjoyment of cycling. Their web site www.bsca.org.uk/ has links to regional coordinators throughout the UK.


M


ost of us will remember the experience of sitting precariously on a two wheel bike whilst a


parent or older sibling or even a friend held onto the back of the saddle, pushing us along on the bike until enough speed was created to shove us off on our own whilst we desperately tried to control the wobbling handle bars which definitely had a life on their own and then that glorious moment when we were actually pedaling and steering on our own.


I’m sure that we never for a moment gave a thought to Baron Karl von Drais from the Duchy of Baden in Central Germany who in 1817 invented the Laufmaschine (running machine) This early bicycle was a simple wooden frame having two wheels, the front one of which could be steered. There were no pedals the forward movement being achieved by the simple process of running whilst seated astride the frame.


M


In 1887 seventy years and many subsequent designs later, including the addition of the pneumatic tyre by a Doctor named Dunlop, another major person in the history of bicycles, Sir Frank Bowden was told by his doctor


that


months and, as he had recommended cycling, he purchased a cycle from Raleigh Street in Nottingham. He was so impressed with the speed of his recovery that he bought an interest in the company and in 1888 The Raleigh Cycle Company was formed.


ost of us will remember the experience of sitting precariously on a two wheel bike whilst a parent or older


sibling or even a friend held onto the back of the saddle, pushing us along on the bike until enough speed was created to shove us off on our own whilst we desperately tried to control the wobbling handle bars which definitely had a life on their own and then that glorious moment when we were actually pedaling and steering on our own.


unless he took up some exercise he wouldn’t live more than six


I’m sure that we never for a moment gave a thought to Baron Karl von Drais from the Duchy of Baden in Central Germany who in 1817 invented the Laufmaschine (running machine) This early bicycle was a simple wooden frame having two wheels, the front one of which could be steered.There were no pedals the forward movement being achieved by the simple process of running whilst seated


Despite the vast and incredible developments in the twentieth century of cost effective automated travel Cycling is even more popular today than it was nearly two centuries ago including having major sporting events on the Olympic and world stage.


So why cycle? Well you can enjoy a leisurely ride out in the country, or to have an economical way to get to work, or to avoid the commuter queue by nipping in and out of the traffic, or to compete in cycling events, or for the sociability of a cycling club and of course cycling is healthy, both for you as an individual, and for the community you live in. Cycling regularly will improve your fitness and can help you live a long and healthy life, It increases your stamina, strengthens your hear t,


is a great pastime for children





the UK. Some local authorities offer training for adults too - the Road Safety or Cycling Officer may be a useful first contact.


T reduces


stress and helps control your weight Its also fun!


When choosing a bike for your child make sure you go to a specialist shop who will measure them up properly as well as taking into account their rate of growth. The helmet is a must and children should be encouraged to wear them as soon as they ride a tricycle so they get used to ‘road’ safety. A good helmet can make the difference between a harmless tumble and a life changing head injury and of course there are knee pads & elbow pads to give protection too.


T C


astride the frame.In 1887 seventy years and many subsequent designs later, including the addition of the pneumatic tyre by a Doctor named Dunlop, another major person in the history of bicycles, Sir Frank Bowden was told by his doctor that unless he took up some exercise he wouldn’t live more than six months and, as he had recommended cycling, he purchased a cycle from Raleigh Street in Nottingham. He was so impressed with the speed of his recovery that he bought an interest in the company and in 1888 The Raleigh Cycle Company was formed. Despite the vast and incredible developments in the twentieth century of cost effective automated travel Cycling is even more popular today than it was nearly two centuries ago including having major sporting events on the Olympic and world stage. So why cycle? Well you can enjoy a leisurely ride out in the country, or to have an economical way to get to work, or to avoid the commuter queue


Riding a bike


Of course the best way to keep your child safe on a bike is to ensure they get formal training by experts and this can be achieved easily and effectively. Cycling on roads requires competence and this can be supported by taking the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) National Cycling Proficiency Test. It is offered to children over the age of nine for free, often through their school and generally administered


R by local authorities in


by nipping in and out of the traffic, or to compete in cycling events, or for the sociability of a cycling club and of course cycling is healthy, both for you as an individual, and for the community you live in. Cycling regularly will improve your fitness and can help you live a long and healthy life, It increases your stamina, strengthens your heart, reduces stress and helps control your weight Its also fun!


he latest figures from the Central Statistics Office Census 2011 reveal the


growing popularity of cycling in Ireland. More than 10% of people commuting to school, work or college do so by bike. Cycling is fast becoming a national pastime. Regular cycling can improve your health, mood and sense of well-being. A daily cycle of just 15 minutes will greatly improve your fitness levels.


ycling is the fastest mode of transport for most trips less than 10 kilometres


in urban areas. If you currently spend as little as €1.20 a day on bus fare or fuel, you could save €200 a year by choosing to cycle instead. The average car produces 1.3 tonnes of carbon emissions each year. A bike produces none.


ediscover the joys of cycling during Bike Week 2014. National Bike Week


is taking place between June 14th and 22nd this year. Hundreds of free cycling events will be taking place nationwide during the week. Events include free bike maintenance checks, family fun cycles, evening cycles, bike festivals, road races and much more.


he aim of National Bike Week is to raise awareness of the benefits of


The National Proficiency Test helps to develop observation & maneuverability skills, introduces the Highway Code for Young Road Users, teaches the importance of cycle maintenance & hazard awareness, and provides information & advice on being conspicuous and wearing protective headgear.


Cycling is a great activity for all the family and, as Sir Frank Bowden discovered, can truly help you live longer & livelier! Anne Pink www.newhorizonscc.co.uk


Log on to Bikeweek.ie for details of events taking place near you. Follow @ bikeweekie on Twitter and Instagram.


National Bike Week 2014. Where will your bike take you?


Visit www.cycling.uk.net for more details of cycling organisations across the UK 8 Primary Times SUMMER ISSUE


cycling, and to encourage more people to cycle more often. This is the sixth year National Bike Week has been running, and 2014 will see the biggest number of events taking place to date.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32