CYCLING PROFICIENCY: A PILOT STUDY OF PARENTAL ATTITUDES TO TRAINING AND TESTING

Many schools offer the National Cycling Proficiency Scheme (N.C.P.S.) training to their pupils. This is usually done in their last year at primary school. Before the training, the child's cycle is checked to make sure that it meets the required conditions. At the end of the course of training, the children are tested by the local Road Safety Officers or, occasionally, by the Police. It was felt that it would be useful to have some knowledge of parents' attitudes towards this scheme of cycle training, in particular, how well parents felt it prepared their children for cycling on roads, and at what age they thought that their children were able to cope with present-day traffic. Ten mothers from one semi-urban district were interviewed in depth. There seemed to be a great deal of interest and concern about children on bicycles amongst the parents in this very small sample support for the N.C.P.S. was general, but there would seem to be a need for more information for the parents. Criticism of the training and testing programme was mainly directed at the teaching of a particular procedure for right-hand turns, and the lack of reality in the playground situation. Criticism of the behaviour of other road users towards cyclists in general, and child cyclists in particular, suggest that this might be a fruitful area of Road Safety publicity. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

    Royal Oak Centre, Brighton Road
    Purley, Surrey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Sheppard, E J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 6-7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM