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    Default Re: Cycling Proficiency Tests

    I did mine when I was 9 or 10, around '83 or '84, I think.

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    I remember them well, probably because I at first assisted our local council's Road Safety Officer every Wednesday, my day off, for many years, and was an Instructor and Examiner, and later taking on the role myself for the princely sum of 25 per year, paid quarterly. When I was obliged to it give up, having a change of employment, then Mon-Fri, one of our local councillors took over, by profession a school Kiddie-catcher, the stipend was immediately increased to 100 per year, plus expenses.

    I enjoyed this immensely and still bump into former "students" who remember my sessions after almost 50years.

    The tests/training still takes place under the responsibility of the County Council, where trainers are now paid a salary.

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    I did the ROSPA cycling proficiency course/test back in 1983 I think. Started out doing simple stuff like going around traffic cones in the school yard, doing hand signals for turning before cycling on an actual road beside the school. I'm sure everybody that passed got a red reflective triangle to put on their bikes and maybe a certificate?

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    Default Re: Cycling Proficiency Tests

    Cycling Proficiency was replaced by Bikeability in 2007.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6494309.stm

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    I took mine at my junior school (at age 9) on my Raleigh Boxer. You weren't allowed to ride your bike to school unless you'd taken and passed the Cycling Proficiency, good idea really.

    We also got our postcodes stamped on the bottom bracket of our bikes there.

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    My primary school didn't offer cycling proficiency when I was there.

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    Default Re: Cycling Proficiency Tests

    Quote Originally Posted by Arran View Post
    Cycling Proficiency was replaced by Bikeability in 2007.
    Because we can't expose children to actual words like "proficiency"!

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    At what point in time were kids made to wear helmets? I have seen old photos of cycling proficiency from the 1980s and there were no mountain bikes and none of the kids had a helmet.

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    I remember helmets coming in at the start of the 1990s.
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