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Job-shadowing in the UK: the first experience

The project partner from the UK, the Bikeability Trust hosted the Romanian, Hungarian and Slovenian partners for a five-day-log job-shadowing activity in the frame of Safe4Cycle2 project.

The colleagues of the Bikeability Trust have organized various programs for the visitors to get as much information about cycling education, cycling infrastructure and cycling organisations in the UK as they can during the stay in Cambridge, as follows.

  • In the first morning the partners have visited two Primary Schools (in Willingham and in Hatton Park) to observe a Bikeability Level 1 training session. The Bikeability Level 1 course aims to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road, and it is provided for the 9-10-year-old pupils on the schoolyard. The the change of the educational methodology in the last 10 years was conspicuous (more fun, less practicing on schoolyards).
  • An orientation cycle ride was organized and led by Paul Robinson and Benjamin Smith with the aim of looking at the city from a cycling perspective – studying good and bad infrastructure, with planned future developments.
  • The partners have visited in London a course of a partner organization, Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW), which is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling. WfW is organising drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from three bases in south London. The qualified instructors, supported by volunteers, help participants try out cycles or get comfortable on the one that suits them, and offer ongoing support. For the Romanian and the Slovenian partner the experience was very useful for future projects, as in the two countries mentioned there are no similar programs, and they have connections with organizations promoting disabled people.
  • A Bikeability adult training has been provided for the project partners by Outspoken Training in Cambridge. An adult training is organized in real traffic conditions to prepare for individual cycling, by practicing in various situations (turning left and right, roundabouts, traffic lights, etc.).
  • Partners have visited the primary schools in Hatton Park and Willingham to observe a Bikeability Level 2 training session on the streets. Children were practicing turning left and turning right, understanding the proper road position, the importance of looking back and signaling, etc. On the roads children can meet real traffic conditions, instructors can give feedback immediately, motorists are getting used to childens cycling on public roads - that is totally different methodology compared to the Hungarian or Romanian practice.
  • A meeting with Outspoken Training, a Bikeability provider have been organised to get acquinted with the organisational, financial and structural background of Bikeability courses.
  • In London partners have visited Department for Transport and Cycling UK to get a perspective on cycling from the view of the government and a non governmental organization.