Lawyer calls for compulsory cycle training in schools.

A personal injury lawyer has called for cycle training to be made compulsory in schools. Road.CC reports.

Louise Plant, head of personal injury at solicitors Prettys, which has offices in Ipswich and Chelmsford, says that the severity of injuries sustained by cyclists her firm represents is getting more severe.

She argues that by making “cycling proficiency” – nowadays known as Bikeability – mandatory for schoolchildren, they will become more confident riders.

That’s a view shared by Cycling UK, which in its briefing note on cycle training, calls for Bikeability to be added to the national curriculum, and for all schoolchildren to be given the chance to participate in it.

The national cycling charity highlights that one of the benefits of teaching children cycle safety at school is that it will also make them more understanding of the issues faced by vulnerable road users should they start driving motor vehicles in later life.

Plant continued: “Ensuring everyone is educated in cycling safety throughout the school network is a starter, and encouraging more employers to introduce cycling initiatives will ensure individuals are both more confident and likely to comply with safety suggestions which will prevent or reduce the extent of injuries.

“Addressing awareness from an early age is the first step to a knowledgeable community of road users and cyclists, where the opportunity to preserve the popularity of cycling is extended,” she added.

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