The number of cycling accidents is rising year on year, with injuries ranging from scrapes, broken bones, life-changing injuries, to fatalities. Safety levels for cyclists on the roads is a growing issue, which is affecting the broader community. Some believe that a good way to reduce the number of casualties and therefore the fatality rate would be to implement mandatory road cycling lessons for children.
Could mandatory road cycling lessons for children help curb casualty rates?
- With tens of thousands every year being affected by the dangerous nature of commuting by bike to work or school, some think it might be wise to make it compulsory for children to learn how to ride bicycles as part of their Physical Education.
- Mandatory road cycling lessons for children would not only promote a healthy lifestyle but could also foster a healthy attitude towards the mode of transport. Many cyclists have turned to this option in a bid to save money on travel costs. The curriculum could encourage safe behaviour and could teach pupils safe cycling habits.
- To ensure safety, children should be entered in cycling safety lessons. Within children can learn about bike safety and the types of checks which should be made. These include how to fix punctures and replacing broken chains. They could also be taught about the importance of wearing helmets and other protective gear at all times to ensure their safety.
- Furthermore, in cycling lessons, children could be taught what to do in the case of an emergency. First aid is a vital tool which many aren’t taught and it is something which costs lives.
Have you had a cycling accident and want to claim?
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If you have had an accident while cycling, whether your injury is minor or serious, you may be eligible to make a claim. There are several ways that you can assess your options before making a claim. You can either call us to speak to an advisor, our line is open 24 hours a day. Call from a UK landline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993. There is a third option too. You can take a 30-second test online to see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice