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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 


CygnusX1 [740 posts] 1 month ago
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Jimmy Ray Will [853 posts] 1 month ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Link to the cycle ban letter:




Wow, this probably shouldn't annoy me as much as it does... but man this is annoying.

Out of interest, what responsibility do the school have with regards to student welfare outside of the gates? i.e. are they liable if one of the kids off themselves, or if the kids off a pedestrian?

if the answer is yes, then that makes this situation more of a grey area, but if not, then this is just wank.

Essentially this is pandering to moaning from pedestrians / motorists complainign about school kids. 

Lets be frank, kids are kids, and I am sure there are plenty of complaints of poor conduct regarding kids walking to school, the parents driving their kids to school, the kids using public transport... the difference is that the schools can ban cycling. They can't ban kids being driven to school (parents would go nuts), walking or taking public transport, so they do this.

It is utter crap. Why won't schools take a stand, tell these moaners that childrens conduct outside the school gate is not their responsibility. Why don't they encourage best practice by offering cycle proficiency training (is it bikeability now?), why don't they protect their interests by asking that children do not display uniform outside of the school gates?

Also, I thought schools couldn't ban cycling? They could make it difficult, but out right ban it? Anyone know for sure?