Safe Cycling

Please can we remind all parents of the points below regarding the Law and our expectations of students who choose to cycle to school and ask that you check they have the appropriate equipment before they leave for school in the morning. It is essential that those who cycle do so in a safe and considerate manner and are correctly equipped with a helmet and lights (now that daylight hours are short).

Helmets:

Students must wear a cycle helmet when cycling to and from school. The helmet should be fitted correctly with the chin strap fastened.

Lights:

Students must have approved front and rear lights, lit, clean and working properly, when cycling between sunset and sunrise. The legal lighting obligations for cyclists are determined by sunset and sunrise times, not the ‘hours of darkness’. Currently this is between approximately 7.00am and 4.20pm, but moves to 8.00am and 3.40pm towards the end of December.

Reflectors:

As with lights, the legal requirements for reflectors only apply between sunset and sunrise, and include a red rear reflector and four amber pedal reflectors, one at the front and rear of each pedal.

Careless and dangerous cycling:

Students are reminded that they should cycle with due care and attention to other road users. Cycling carelessly, meaning without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for other road users carries a fine (£1000 max), or cycling dangerously carries a greater fine (£2500 max fine). ‘Careless’ is considered as the standard below that of a competent and careful cyclist, and ‘dangerously’ means that other road users and/or the cyclist are at serious risk.

Pavement cycling:

Students are reminded that it is an offence to ride on any footpath or path by the side of a road set apart for the use of foot passengers and that this does apply to children.

Mr A Flack

Deputy Headteacher

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