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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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CygnusX1 | 6 years ago
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Jimmy Ray Will replied to CygnusX1 | 6 years ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Link to the cycle ban letter:



Wow, this probably shouldn't annoy me as much as it does... but man this is annoying.

Out of interest, what responsibility do the school have with regards to student welfare outside of the gates? i.e. are they liable if one of the kids off themselves, or if the kids off a pedestrian?

if the answer is yes, then that makes this situation more of a grey area, but if not, then this is just wank.

Essentially this is pandering to moaning from pedestrians / motorists complainign about school kids. 

Lets be frank, kids are kids, and I am sure there are plenty of complaints of poor conduct regarding kids walking to school, the parents driving their kids to school, the kids using public transport... the difference is that the schools can ban cycling. They can't ban kids being driven to school (parents would go nuts), walking or taking public transport, so they do this.

It is utter crap. Why won't schools take a stand, tell these moaners that childrens conduct outside the school gate is not their responsibility. Why don't they encourage best practice by offering cycle proficiency training (is it bikeability now?), why don't they protect their interests by asking that children do not display uniform outside of the school gates?

Also, I thought schools couldn't ban cycling? They could make it difficult, but out right ban it? Anyone know for sure?   

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