Bridport schoolchildren get ready to meet MP for cycle talk

Bournemouth Echo: ON THE ROAD: St Mary’s School, Bridport, pupils take part in a day long road safety and cycle training campaign. Tom Grattidge with Year Five pupils ON THE ROAD: St Mary’s School, Bridport, pupils take part in a day long road safety and cycle training campaign. Tom Grattidge with Year Five pupils

A CLASS of schoolchildren are looking forward to a face-to-face meeting with their local MP to put their case for a law on wearing cycle helmets.

The Year Five pupils at St Mary’s School in Bridport wrote to West Dorset’s member of parliament Oliver Letwin as part of their project work on road safety.

They took him to task about the failure of a Private Members’ Bill, which would make it an offence for children not to wear safety equipment, like helmets, when riding their bikes on the road.

And to their delight, Mr Letwin has written a letter back to each child individually.

He says that he does not think that police time would be well spent pursuing children who were not wearing helmets when they have more urgent things to deal with – and he has also offered to come to the sch- ool to debate the matter with them.

The nine and ten-year-olds looked at the issue of road safety and general safety regarding fire and around the home.

They visited the Streetwise Safety Centre in Bournemouth and took their Cycling Proficency Test as well as conducting surveys in the school car park.

Class teacher Julie Kingston said that the children were very pleased to receive Mr Letwin’s letters and the school, on Skilling Hill Road, is now arranging for him to visit.

“It was a very good exercise in writing a real letter to a real person, instead of sending an email or a text and we are looking forward to Mr Letwin’s visit,” she added.

“And all the children who took the Cycling Proficiency Test have passed it, so they are very pleased.”

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9:58pm Sun 27 May 12

burtthebike says...

Just goes to show how easy it is to brainwash children.

Cycle helmets aren't safety equipment, there is no association between increases in helmet wearing, whether due to laws or propaganda campaigns like the one these children have obviously been subjected to, and any reduction in risk to cyclists. In fact, the largest ever research project found that there was a small but significant increase in risk with helmet wearing.

Check out cyclehelmets.org for the facts rather than the propaganda, and stop misleading the children, try telling them the truth instead.
Just goes to show how easy it is to brainwash children. Cycle helmets aren't safety equipment, there is no association between increases in helmet wearing, whether due to laws or propaganda campaigns like the one these children have obviously been subjected to, and any reduction in risk to cyclists. In fact, the largest ever research project found that there was a small but significant increase in risk with helmet wearing. Check out cyclehelmets.org for the facts rather than the propaganda, and stop misleading the children, try telling them the truth instead. burtthebike
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9:09am Mon 28 May 12

JoeyJo says...

While there is an argument for children wearing helmets as they have a habit of falling off bikes, helmets will not help if hit by a vehicle. Research in other countries shows that compulsion reduces the amount of cycling, resulting in negative effects on health and independence, and even more dependency on car use. The parents should decide, not law makers.
While there is an argument for children wearing helmets as they have a habit of falling off bikes, helmets will not help if hit by a vehicle. Research in other countries shows that compulsion reduces the amount of cycling, resulting in negative effects on health and independence, and even more dependency on car use. The parents should decide, not law makers. JoeyJo
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