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Physical Activity Foundation

Students bringing their own bikes

Students are encouraged to bring their own bikes to participate in the Safe Cycle lessons and other school-based cycling activities. Working with the Education Directorate and Government Solicitors Office (GSO) we have put together the following information to assist with mitigating any possible risks associated with schools allowing students to use their own bikes.

1) Seeking informed consent from parents. See the parent consent form which can be tailored to your schools’ needs.

2) Resources to assist with taking reasonable care to ensure that bikes and helmets are safe to use.

  • Before practical lessons, students should run the ABC Tight Bike Safety Check and The Three 2’s Helmet Check as outlined in each Safe Cycle lesson plan, and this should be overseen by a teacher.
  • Teachers should sign off on the Safety First Worksheet for teachers, included in each resource set, after the students have completed their checks. This worksheet also provides space for teachers to record any equipment issues identified during these checks and any incidents that may occur during the lessons.

Each set of lesson plans contains a Risk Assessment and Management Planning template which has been populated with potential risks associated with recreational cycling in ACT public schools.  Teachers in all other ACT schools should follow their schools risk assessment and planning processes.