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Cycling resource will mark return of Tour de France

Tuesday 10th June 2014

To commemorate the Tour de France once again visiting Westminster in July 2014, the road safety unit has created a cycling resource for all schools in the London borough.

The resource comprises an A2 double sided poster, a memory stick containing more than 150 ideas, lesson plans and activities about cycling, and bicycle shaped biscuit cutters (for the healthy recipes in the National Curriculum PSHE section).

Aimed primarily at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, the resource covers National Curriculum subjects and cross curricula activities ranging from lessons on bicycles in war, fashion on a bike, cycling music, the science of riding and road safety.

The resource also has a series of local themed rides in Westminster including a family friendly Beatles ride and a Rock ‘N’ Pop route. The routes will be offered free to pupils and staff following Bikeability training, and to parents who want to ride with their children.

Peter Wilson, commissioning officer road safety education, Westminster City Council, said: “By promoting cycling we are trying to address road safety, child obesity, active travel, reducing vehicle usage and improving air quality.

“The teacher notes suggest a website where pupils can watch a 10-minute cartoon which explains the Tour de France and can be used in an assembly or as a starting lesson.”




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Nick Rawlings, editor, Road Safety News

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By promoting cycling we are trying to address road safety." Eh? In London?
Idris Francis Fight Back With Facts Petersfield

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This is a great resource. Our thanks go to Peter Wilson for taking the initiative and for sharing this resource with us: there is also a Yorkshire version for the first two days of Le Tour. It wil be distributed in the run up to the event; at spectator hubs and other venues to families supporting the Tour on the day and will also be available as a free download from For more information please contact us via the roadwise website e-mail.
Honor Byford, North Yorkshire

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