As part of the Transition Year programme in Loreto, students were given the opportunity to partake in the ‘Bikeability’ training course.
The training took place during the first three weeks of September. We were taught by three qualified instructors who trained in the Britain.
First and second years also participated in this educational programme. We are very fortunate to be the only all girls secondary school in Ireland to have had this amount of training and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
The main goal of the Bikeability course was to educate us on road safety while cycling. We completed the programme over three weeks during our double PE class.
For the first two weeks, we practised on the astroturf while we learned about the rights and responsibilities of cyclists. We were instructed on the importance of knowing the primary and secondary positions whilst cycling in traffic.
For the third week we experienced the real road situation by cycling around Kilkenny city. At all times, we were required to wear helmets and high visibility vests.
This training has given us great confidence when on the road and has therefore encouraged us to get out more with our bikes. With the scary statistics of over 300,000 children overweight in Ireland today, it is vital to promote exercise as many of us lead such a sedentary lifestyle. Cycling has been identified as an excellent way for people to attain their recommended amount of weekly physical activity.
The Bikeability course without a doubt has empowered us with invaluable knowledge of road safety while cycling and as a result we have grown in confidence and increased our skill levels on the bike. These attributes that we have gained can be passed on to the other students and people around us to create a more active and healthy community.