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Cycle Helmet Campaign

Sadly, over the last few years we have had a few students who owe their lives to a cycle helmet.

Last November Maisie appeared in a film made by the BBC and aired on BBC South Today telling of her experiences. Since the initial film she has been approached by a number charitable organisations who want to support her cause (ie Headway and The Children Brain Injury Trust) and a decision was made to move her campaign to the next level by organising an official Government petition. This went live on 2nd March 2018.

Maisie writes:

“Wearing my cycle helmet saved my life! It protected my head when I hit the road and from the hot exhaust when I was trapped under the car. The helmet was amazing as it was damaged and melted but still intact. Now I want all children to have to wear helmets.  

My accident happened while cycling to school. I came off my bike head first, landing in front of a car, which drove over me, trapping me beneath. The air ambulance attended and I was flown to hospital. I sustained three breaks, a fracture and lost some teeth.

The consultant said I wouldn't have survived without a helmet.
I want you all to understand it can happen to anyone....as it happened to me!”

Link to the petition

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/213508

Michael was in Year 9 when his accident occurred. He was cycling to school from Hayling Island. What happened isn't clear, but it is likely a car got too close to him clipping his bike or clothing.
Michael Writes:

"All I really remember is waking up on the side of the road, my face was a bit of a mess and my cycle helmet was cracked where I hit the edge of the curb. Without the helmet that would have been my head . I was taken to hospital in an ambulance. This could have been a lot worse"

 

When students cycle to school, the responsibility is shared between the school and parents. This information can be found in our cycle to school policy. At the beginning of the Autumn term the school cracked down on youngsters not wearing  a helmet. During the spring as more youngsters start to cycle the policy will be enforced again,.

Role of the school:

1. To provide a visible place to store the bicycle

2. To actively promote cycling as a positive way of travelling.

3. The school is not responsible for bicycles brought on to or left on school premises and is therefore not liable for pupils’ bicycles being stolen or damaged by a third party. Although the school provides appropriate cycle storage parents are advised to take out appropriate insurance cover as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage to bicycles.

4. The school will notify parents if children do not adhere to the Cycle to School Policy and permission to ride will be withdrawn until the issues identified have been satisfactorily addressed.

5. The school reserves the right to impound bikes where students use them incorrectly or not in a safe manner whilst on site. This includes disobeying the instruction of site staff, having a bike unfit for road use or not wearing safety equipment including a helmet.

6. Fixie type bikes that do not comply with The Pedal Cycles (and Use) Regulations 1983 will be impounded as they are not permitted in school.

Role of the parent:

1. While this school wishes to encourage an increase in the number of students cycling to school, we strongly recommend that students wishing to do so are proficient in using a bicycle. More information on the bikeability training syllabus is available at www.bikeability.org.uk

2. Check that a student’s bike is in roadworthy condition

3. Provide the necessary personal safety and protective equipment. Although bicycle helmets are not compulsory on UK roads, it is the school’s policy to insist that students wear a cycle helmet.

4. The Pedal Cycles (and Use) Regulations 1983 make it clear that every pedal cycle needs two braking systems.

5. Parents must ensure that bikes comply with the law.