Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Safe Cycling

Safe Cycling Skills - A statistical investigation

Question: Are Karoro School senior students safe cyclists on the roads?

Recently Room One students participated in a safe cycling skills programme facilitated by the
New Zealand Police.

Students learned about the correct way to wear their bicycle helmet. Helmets need to be
tightened we had to make it so so the helmet straps are up to your ears. In the picture
you see Constable Jos doing up Max's hemet so it is safe on his head if he falls off.  
Also there is a two finger rule: you put two fingers on your forehead and if it's right then you
should have the helmet on the top of the side of your finger and your other fingers side on
the edge of your forehead.

The bike check is where we looked at the bike to see if it is up to date.
You have to have the red
light if you do not have it then you get a 150 dollar fine even if you’re a kid!
You also need to have brakes or you will get fined for each 1 missing. You
also must have all of the spokes.  If you have no idea what they are they are
they are little bars that are on the inside of the wheel. Make sure your bike
chain is not on an angle. You can check that by lifting your bike on to one
wheel and then check if it is, if it is just put it back into place.

Road rules
There are a lot of rules. When you’re about to go around a corner you
look behind you then you put one of your hands out to signal left or right,
whatever way you’re going. Just before you  turn you look behind you one
more time just to make sure there's no cars behind you before you turn.

If you’re on the road you should at least be a meter away from the side of the
edge of the footpath. I don't know what a meter is’ I got told it is about an arms length.

When you want to stop and there’s a car is behind you or I think even if there's not,
you should still do this signal: you just need to put your hand in the air, and put your
hand out to the right  and open the palm of your hand and slow down. The car should
know that you are
stopping because they would have got told in their driver's test what the hand signals
mean. Just to be safe you should look behind you just to make sure you know if there's
something behind you, just to be safe.

You have to have a certain size wheel on your bike to be on the footpath. I think that's
pretty weird if you ask me. If it is not the right size then you can not be on the footpath’
you have to be on the road.
The second session involved a skills based session on the court. Students had to practice
road rules and balance on our bikes.  We had to go over planks of wood it was fun we also
had to go over a ladder, it was really bumpy. We practised our road rules which is when we
had a buddy and then we looked behind us, we signalled and then just when we’re going to
turn we look one more time before we turn.
We also did a fun little warm up. We went zig zagging through cones
which was hard and fun. Ms Kemp had these pictures and we had to
look behind us to see them.  She was putting them up and down each time we went past, it was hard.

Following the court session students participated in a road circuit skills session.
There were people placed around the circuit and marks were given for using the following skills.

My marks were:

Approx 1 metre from kerb
Scanning for hazards
Checking parked cars
Look behind before hand signals
Correct hand signal
Look behind after hand signals
% Average Across Skills

This is my graph  for the Safe Cycling road circuit.I think you can see that I have to
improve and practice on the road on my bike. I think that the Safe Cycling program
should be done every year because little kids and big kids have to know how to be
safe on the roads and I think everybody would be much much much safer.

Monday, 11 December 2017