On your bike!
For some, cycling involves speeding down hills and doing tricks on a BMX; for others it's about taking a leisurely ride along a canal or through the countryside. Either way, cycling is fun, a useful skill to develop, and a great thing to do as a group.
The following regulations apply only to cycling as an activity within Girlguiding, not as travel to and from unit meetings.
To take girls cycling you can either find a local reputable provider, hire bikes, or take girls on their own bikes. When planning your route, take into consideration the cycling experience and skills of the participants. If you are hiring bicycles, inspect the bicycles with the hirer to make sure they're in working order before setting off.
If you would like to take girls to do BMX, Speedway or track cycling, visit British Cycling for more detailed information.
If using a commercial provider, ensure that it is licensed to offer the activity. You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.
See safety regulations for further information on taking girls cycling and off-road cycling.
If cycling off-road, the person leading the group must have completed the level of the Girlguiding Walking Scheme appropriate to the terrain.
Cycling on roads
- If cycling on a public highway, cyclists must follow the current Highway Code.
- Cyclists must wear a helmet.
- Lights must be used in low light or dark conditions.
- Cyclists must not carry passengers unless their cycle has been specially built or adapted for this purpose.
- Cyclists must not cycle on pavements or other areas designated for pedestrians (this is an offence and is punishable by a fixed penalty).
- Clothing should be appropriate for the activity and the weather conditions, and should be fluorescent and reflective.
- You must ensure that cyclists do not hold on to a moving vehicle, cycle in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner, or cycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Cycling off road
- When cycling off-road, cyclists must only use recognised cycle routes, bridle paths and green roads, having gained access permission where necessary and ensuring the environment is not damaged by the activity.
- The group should include someone who is able to carry out simple bicycle repairs and an adult who can administer first aid.
- When taking part in a cycling expedition, ensure that cycles are safely loaded and properly balanced. Fitted panniers should be used - it is recommended that cyclists do not carry equipment on their backs.
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