Why wait until the driver’s licence? We can teach children safe cycling in school. In the Netherlands, the school children take a traffic exam on their bikes when they are just 11 years old. With a rite of passage on bicycles, are we surprised that the Netherlands is a cycling nation. The nature of a rite of passage is there is something to celebrate!
Amongst children, boys and girls, the participation rate for cycling is the same, which is known as “parity”. Amongst women in the ACT, and typical for low cycling countries, men are much more likely to cycle than women. The question should be, perhaps, not why women cycle less, but rather why girls in adolescence stop cycling.
If you want to commute to work there are a number of factors that will make it easy to start. Here is an overview of things to consider.
Coming soon! The new suburb of Whitlam continues to show rapid progress with the unveiling of a new playground.
It is not the cold that stops kids from riding to school but the lack of safe infrastructure. All parents are concerned about their children’s safety. In Finland, children will ride to school on snow in subzero all year round. Clearly, the cold does not hold them back. Without a separated bike path and swept bike paths, it would not happen.
In making roads better for cars we have made an environment hostile to people and in particular children.
Ride Dunlop for pretty sunset views across the ACT / NSW border and Dunlop Grasslands. Dunlop is in the far west of Belconnen on the ACT/NSW border. Where the houses stop the view over farmland starts. A quiet area with some good paths.
Forde is a pretty suburb adjacent to the Mulligans Flat Woodland Reserve. Lyall Gillespie Corridor is a highlight. A loop through Forde starting at the Mulligans Flat Woodland Reserve parking area.
Gravel riding in the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve and the adjacent Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve. A very popular spot for gravel riding – the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve and the adjacent Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve.
The Pinnacle in Canberra Nature Park is very pretty and undulating – perfect for recreation cycling. The Pinnacle Nature Reserve lies on the hill behind Hawker. It is part of Canberra Nature Park. A ride around the edge of the reserves along the management trails is about 11 km in length. A good walk but only a short ride.