6th February 2020 Tony, Jane and Siobhán came from Shielbaggan Outdoor Adventure Centre to teach us the proper skills to ride a bike safely on the road. We were split up on two groups called apples and oranges. Before we went outside, Tony taught us about the U-check the conditions (weather) check, the clothes check and having two lights on our bikes. The red light to the back and the white light to the front. It is important that we always wear helmets because most injuries happen close to your home. This happens because you may let your guard down as you know your surroundings but when you are away from home you are cautious and less likely to let your guard down. Then we headed outside and stood up against the wall, the oranges got their helmets and bikes and then the apples did the same. The groups were split into two sections of the playground. We practiced coming up to T-Junctions and how we should approach them properly. We cycled in and out through cones, while practicing the safe distance rule. Tony advised us to only cycle two abreast on the road. It is important never to be listening to music when cycling on the road, as you might not hear a vehicle driving behind you. Tony also told us to be cautious for potholes, cracks in the road, branches, thorns sticking out and stones as they can get caught in your chain and can also puncture your tyre. You should always have your bike at a controllable speed. If you are going down a hill and the road is straight you can speed up a little, but make sure you are in full control going at your own comfortable speed. We want to sat a big thank you to Tony, Siobhán and Jane for teaching us new skills teaching us how to maintain our bikes and giving us great tips to cycle safety. We cannot wait for next week.