Autumn - Bike Safety Assembly
Spring - The Big Pedal
Summer - A Bike Sponsored Ride
So far over 475 schools across the UK have registered with 130,000 pupils due to take part. Last year 1,300 schools took part. There are fantastic prizes up for grabs on every day of the challenge. If over 15% of pupils scoot or cycle to school on each day of the Big Pedal the school will be entered into a daily draw to win prizes ranging from stunt shows to bike and scooter storage.
Look out for more information about the Big Pedal and how Ryvers will take part.
Monday 18th to Friday 29th April
All journeys cycled and scooted to school during these 2 weeks will count towards the Big Pedal. This includes parents, carers, staff – anyone and everyone that cycles or scoots to school.
Friday 22nd April
There will be a prize for the brightest and safest child from each year group.
This is NOT a non-uniform day. The prize will be for the child who is in school uniform but is also bright and safe, e.g. wearing a reflective jacket, lights etc.
Friday 29th April – Bling your Bike/Scooter to School.
There will be a prize for the best decorated bike or scooter per year group.
We are very excited to once again be taking part in The Big Pedal, a national event which focuses on cycling and scooting to school in a fun and healthy way. For the third year running Ryvers will compete with over 900 schools across the country to see which school cycles and scoots the most.
Schools record how many people cycle or scoot to school each day over 2 weeks and the more people that participate, including staff and parents, the fastest the time. There is keen rivalry to be top of the chart! The Big Pedal is like the Tour de France with a new stage each day and you can track Ryvers progress on the Big Pedal website www.bigpedal.org.uk. 2 years ago we were one of the top schools in the primary section so let’s see if we can move further up the ladder this year.
One of the best things about Bike It events is that everyone can get involved as the journeys of mums, dads, staff and anyone that makes the journey to school can be counted too. No one is too young or too old to join in. Our ultimate aim is to encourage as many children as possible to bike and scoot to school EVERY day!
Many of you will also be aware of our Considerate Parking Campaign and we hope that the Big Pedal will support the aims of the campaign by encouraging all of you to leave your cars at home and enjoy a healthier journey to school. The journeys that count towards the Big Pedal total are the journey from home to school and back. Bringing a bike or scooter to school in a car is not the same as cycling or scooting to school. If you live too far from school to participate please consider parking some distance away from school and cycling and scooting part of your journey – this will still count!
In school the children will take part in Big Pedal activities and we will explain the rules of the competition and the importance of keeping safe when cycling and scooting. Please see attached some safety tips which we ask you to read and ensure that your children follow. Also see details of the special events that are taking place during the Big Pedal.
We hope the children will enjoy these two weeks of exciting activities.
Children and Bicycle Safety
Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent, but it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle!
Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride.
Safe Riding Tips
Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.
J Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life
J Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
JCheck Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
JSee and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colours when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
JControl Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
JWatch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
JAvoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle so others can see you.
Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behaviour; including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.
Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road
Bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. When riding, always:
J Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow– not against it.
J Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
J Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.
J Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
J Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
J Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.
J Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).
Pavement versus Street Riding
The safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicycles are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction.
J Children less than 10 years old, however, are not mature enough to make the decisions necessary to safely ride in the street.
J Children less than 10 years old are better off riding on the sidewalk.
J For anyone riding on a sidewalk:
! Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways.
! Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars and to make sure the drivers see you before crossing.
! Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying,
“Excuse me,” or, “Passing on your left,” or use a bell or horn.
Friday 14th March 2014
The Big Pedal 2014 Prizes
Assembly (April 25th, 2014)
1st = Priya Handa =Carebears = 5 Emerald
2nd = Ramonia Cowen Seagore = Wizard of Oz = 2 Burgaundy
3rd = Neili Wijesinghe = Reception Russet = Minnie Mouse
Girls Love Your Bike Day:
Why I love my Bike
Best written Piece= Priya Handa = 5 Emerald – Outstanding presentation and content
POEMS: Maddy & Mariam (4A); Farah, Sakeenah & Zaynab (4A); Bhavna (5E); Esha, Kody & Kyra (4I); Elizabeth (6A);
Runner up = Riya Manoj = Reception Vermillion – use of ICT
First 3 Arrivals on the DAY!
1. Rebecca from 6 Sapphire
2. Louise Ellis from 4 Indigo
3. Oliver Ellis from 2 Claret
Bling Your Bike:
All children who blinged their bike has earned their house 5 house points & a ‘Love your Bike Pin;
Special Prizes to:
Nursery AM = Sahebaa (1st-am); Walaa Mahmond (2nd)
Nursery PM = Hrisikha Harikumar & Devonte Mondomeo
Reception Vermillion = Alishba
KS1 = Amir Raza
Lower KS2 = Nashan & Ayub
Upper KS2 = Priya & Elizabeth
first child to have completed the hunt and returned to class
2 Burgundy = All children to receive a prize
2 Claret = All children to receive a prize
2 Magenta = All children to receive a prize
3 Turquoise = Kushi
3 Cerulean =Thomas
4 Amethyst = Sida
4 Indigo = Carys
5 Emerald = Scott
5 Topaz = Dhruv & Murali
6 Azure = children were engaged with SATs
6 Sapphire = children were engaged with SATs
Octopus = Arjun
Super Heroes’ Day
2 house points for each person, who dressed up as a superhero.
Special Prizes:The National Superheroes’ Winning Picture Participants:
1. Yr. 6= Dylon - Incredible Hulk
2. (Yr. 6) = Joseph - Freeman
3. (Yr. 4) = Nashen – Captain America
4. (Yr. 4) = Raul – Iron Man
5. (Yr. 1) = Yusuf - Wolverine