“Knowing how to ride a bicycle” – a project to better understand the Highway Code
The bicycle is one of the most requested means of transport in town. It has many advantages, mainly from an economic and ecological point of view. However, it is not without risk. Measures have been taken by the Government to limit its dangers, in particular the “know how to ride a bicycle” program.
Cycling: a growing practice
The figures show it, although the sale of two-wheelers has decreased by 3.6% compared to 2018, that of the parts and accessories attached to the bicycle compensates for it. The Union Sport & Cycle, a professional organization linked to the practice of this sport confirms the emergence of two-wheeled equipment in households, and this, thanks to the appearance of the electrically assisted bicycle (VAE). In 2020, we see that the VAE now constitutes 40% of the turnover of bicycle sales in France.
Throughout the country, this means of transport is gaining more and more notoriety each year due to its various advantages, especially in urban areas. Economic and ecological benefits are at the forefront, not to mention the health benefits. The machine spares the worries related to clogged traffic and preserves the environment with an almost zero CO2 emanation. It should not be forgotten that a good model contributes greatly to your well-being since it effectively replaces several sports equipment. Cycling is a popular activity for many French people.
About the SRAV program
Cycling affects young and old alike. However, not everyone is able to decipher the often complex language of the Highway Code. It is in this context that the Government intervenes with the cooperation of four ministries, including Education, Interior, Sports and Transport.
They have implemented a program since April 17, 2020, aimed at consolidating the spirit of cycling among children and promoting their safety at all times, in urban and rural areas, in short, on the public highway. Participation is not compulsory, but highly recommended in order to reduce the rate of fatal bicycle accidents on the road. Namely, the figures experienced a surprising 22% increase between 2010 and 2016.
Who benefits from the program?
The training targets children from 6 to 11 years old for a duration of 10 hours daily divided into 3 stages. Becoming more autonomous on a two-wheeler, practicing regular physical activity and contributing to the conservation of the environment in an economical manner: these are the aims of the program.
The latter is divided into 3 parts. The first entitled “knowing how to pedal” brings together learning on the fundamentals of cycling such as riding techniques, balance or braking and concepts in biomechanics. The second nicknamed “knowing how to circulate” contains the initiations and the discovery of mobility in a secure environment with the inculcation of the various codes managing the public highway. The third “knowing how to ride a bicycle” includes the different methods ensuring good traffic in autonomy on all roads.
Where to register and how much does the training cost?
According to the first information communicated by the Government, the training will be established on the whole of the territory and will mobilize more than 1000 clubs, chaperoned by the FFC (French Cycling Federation), the Federation of Bicycle Users and the Union Sport and Cycle. It also has a specialized website (www.savoirrouleravelo.fr) where you will find all the necessary information you will need such as the mapping of associations present in your region or even educational tutorials.
According to the organizers, the rates for participation in the program would not exceed 50 euros. However, materials such as the exercise bike, personal equipment such as a helmet, gloves and outfit as well as note-taking accessories are the responsibility of the parents.
What measures should be taken to limit the risk of accident?
Even if you get a great road bike-Schwinn Wayfarer , you won’t be immune to collisions if you neglect a few things. Also, don’t forget to bring several practical materials.
Regarding accessories, the helmet is a highly recommended safety system. Although optional in some countries, many studies have shown that wearing one would reduce the risk of head injuries in collisions and therefore the threat of serious injury and sudden death.
Lighting and visibility also save accidents in many cases. The device must be fitted with retro-reflectors, whether at the front or on the sides, to guarantee the vision of the cyclist by other drivers. In night practice, a fluorescent vest is required. Note however that when driving, it is important that you respect the priority rules such as changes of direction as well as speed limits and cycle paths in short, the entire Highway Code to protect you from any risk of accident.