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Do you remember riding bikes when you were young? It seems times have changed and now one Aussie school is banning them.

Students at Dorset Primary School in Croydon, Victoria were recently sent a school newsletter telling them not to ride to school. Many parents were shocked as riding a bike to school is one of the rites of passage as a young person.

The message in the newsletter read:

“Bicycles to and from School

Children are not permitted to ride bicycles to and from school. Bicycles must not be ridden within the school grounds during school hours”.

The last part of the note is understandable, however it’s the very blunt first sentence that has parents scratching their heads.

Bicycle advocacy group Cycle wrote in a Facebook post that they have contacted the school and have not yet received a response.

“Cycle’s position is that active transport options to get children to school must be prioritised over and above motorised transport options when available. Lessons about mobility learnt in these formative years are important life long lessons for this country’s future leaders”, Cycle said.

They also insisted the school contact the Victorian Schools Council “who along with VicRoads will assist the school to develop a programme to provide children with appropriate bicycle education”

One of the commenters in Cycle’s post said, “Last I checked, a school’s authority ended at the gates”. Another said “is it any wonder kids are becoming obese with these kinds of policies?”

We want to know your thoughts about this today and what you would do if you were a grandparent of a student? Is this a fair ban or do you think schools shouldn’t be allowed to make rules like this?

– An Australian primary school has banned children riding a bicycle to school.I must admit, I was a bit gobsmacked…

Posted by Cycle on Thursday, 3 December 2015

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  1. Used to ride for hours, mum never knew where we were and she never worried because it was so much safer back then. The kids today are missing out on so much, I know things are different now but it seems a shame

  2. On my 5th birthday I got a bicycle because I was big enough to ride my own bike when we went out. Very few cars in those days. That’s when the adventure really began. B|

  3. And here we are..the nanny state at work again! We are worried about children not getting enough exercise. Seriously !!!!!

  4. I don,t think parents today would be happy with children…especially young children ..mixing with the traffic on roads today. Of course we rode our bikes back then, there was very little traffic. I don,t know why the school would get involved though, unless they have no parking area for bikes..Eg a bike rack.

  5. The school has no right to ban bikes, o.k. not ridden in the school yard, but the bikes can be wheeled in. I know at our local school it was a problem with bikes being stolen at one stage, but this sounds ridiculous. No wonder kids are overweight and not wanting to exercise. I’m so sick and tired of the stupid rules these days. Don’t do this and don’t do that. We all survived, I’m damn sure the kids of today would love the freedom to do half the things we were able to do at the same age.

  6. Back in my day there were few cars and we Bush kids rode our bikes on lonely dirt roads to school. Most of us had to leave by 7am and close to 5 pm when we arrived home.

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  7. we learnt to ride on mums old 28″ bike…once we got the hang of it..we
    rode all over the place ..had hours of fun out in the fresh air (and rain)

  8. Sad but you only have to read a lot of the comments from motorists every time cycling becomes a subject and you’d think twice about allowing your child to ride their bike. The attitudes of some are simply murderous! My grandsons used to ride to and from High School and they were experienced cyclists, having belonged to a cycling club and been taught the right things to do. One day a ute drove past and threw a cool drink bottle at one of them. Luckily he managed to stay upright but it could have caused a fatal accident. Some motorists just don’t care. Sadly it’s a safety issue, but still ultimately the parents’ decision.

  9. The school may have a problem we don’t know about that brought about this ban. I used to work in Road Safety and I know that many adults don’t understand young children are not just miniature adults. The skills of a child to negotiate a road may be impacted by their lack of good peripheral vision and comprehension of what they do see. It was found that small children thought, ‘look to the left, look to the right..’ Was magic like abracadabra and had no idea what they were looking for. I don’t think it is taught anymore. Young children shouldn’t be on bikes if they have to negotiate traffic. It might be the school was concerned some riding to school were too young. Or maybe they just have no storage for bikes.

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    • When I was a kid (NZ) we were taught, “Look left, look right and then left again and then if the coast was clear ….. cycle. Times have changed especially with the greater flow of traffic and higher expectations as per child safety.

    • Doug I remember being taught the same, but it was shown that children under 7 often didn’t really understand what they were looking for and what the coast being clear means, and they often simply cannot distinguish between stationary, slow or fast moving cars. Yes traffic is much greater now, when I was quite young I used to ride my mums old bike, standing on the pedals as I couldn’t reach the seat. I probably wouldn’t have had the strength or coordination to actually apply the foot brake if required. I’d cycle everywhere often quite some distance from home. I lived in Adelaide and the street I grew up in is now a busy road in and out of the city, with traffic lights on the corner.

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