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School’s response to increase in bike thefts – no bikes

But if you have to bring a bike, wear a helmet…

A secondary school in Solihull has responded to a police warning about a rise in bike thefts in the area by asking parents to stop their children bringing bicycles to school. In an email to parents, Lyndon School said that where this was unavoidable, parents should ensure children wore a helmet.

“We have been made aware by the local Police that bicycle thefts in the area have recently been on the increase,” reads the email.

“As such, we would ask parents/carers to request that their children refrain from bringing bicycles into school. Where this is unavoidable, parents/carers are requested to remind their children the need for a) vigilance and b) the appropriate safety equipment… e.g helmets.”

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The email was forwarded to road.cc by Stephen, whose daughter attends the school. “I think the message is a joke,” he said. “Why bring up the unrelated safety equipment angle on a message about cycle theft?”

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Stephen added that his daughter doesn’t currently cycle as she would have to cross a major road (the A45) to get there, “and to be honest I'd rather she didn't cycle due to all the bad driving in the area.” 

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Lyndon School’s cycling policy, which was last reviewed in November, states that it “recognises that cycling in general has many positive benefits.”

Its policy is therefore to, “actively encourage as many students as possible to cycle to school and enjoy the many positive benefits this brings.”

The policy goes on to state:

To encourage students to cycle to school Lyndon School will:

  • Actively promote cycling as a positive way of travelling.
  • Provide, as far as possible, secure cycle storage on the school site. (There is no entitlement afforded, spaces are provided on a first come first served basis and to users that observe all expectations below).
  • Regularly consult students regarding the provision.

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growingvegtables | 4 years ago
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Just ****ing brilliant.  Senior management of a school judged by OFSTED as "requiring improvement" flail around ... and go off on a wobbly about kids cycling to school.

 

Just a hint, for you buggers "managing" the school?  OFSTED didn't put the boot into you for your cycling provision, but for your inadequate education provision?

 

Sorry "managers", but howsabout you focus on your real job?  The education of kids, to fulfill their full potential?

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Bigfoz | 4 years ago
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Good to know that wearing a helmet keeps my bike safe from theft.

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Hirsute | 4 years ago
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What happens if there is an increase in vehicle accidents in the area or car thefts?

Will the school ask parents not to take their children to school by bike?

 

The response to the problem outlined makes little sense.

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Sriracha | 4 years ago
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"We have been made aware by the local Police that bicycle thefts in the area have recently been on the increase. As such, we would ask parents/carers to request that their children refrain from bringing bicycles into school."

You need to read between the lines - the school is just being realistic, and does not want the police turning up and finding all the stolen bikes parked on site, hence the request that pupils do not bring their latest set of wheels to school!

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OR_biker replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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Sriracha wrote:

You need to read between the lines - the school is just being realistic, and does not want the police turning up and finding all the stolen bikes parked on site, hence the request that pupils do not bring their latest set of wheels to school!

It is interesting that the notice doesn't say anything about an increase in bike thefts at the school...

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Capt Sisko | 4 years ago
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And just how many bicycles have been stolen from the School?

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OldRidgeback | 4 years ago
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Maybe ths school should stop letting pupils go there? Or maybe everyone, children, teachers and parents, should have to wear cycle helmets at all times, whether or not they are cycling?

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StuInNorway | 4 years ago
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Providing "secure" bike parking should not even cost much, a metal fence, 6 foot high, spikey-ish top, and a locked gate once bikes are in until end of day (or maybe lunchtime if required), all of the above to surround the current bike parking.  If theives are willing to lift bikes over that, after cutting the locks, then they've maybe earned the bike (NO not really)
 

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Mungecrundle | 4 years ago
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Are the thefts directly connected to the school? An increase in burglaries from peoples homes or muggings taking place on the way to / from school?

If any if those scenarios I don't see how not cycling to school is the answer.

If the first then the school needs to question not just how best to provide secure cycle storage but more importantly how it intends to tackle undesireable people being on school property at all.

If the second, then the bicycle may actually be safer at school during the day.

If the last, then if not mugging children for their bicycles, the offenders will be mugging them for other valuables and the Police need to be taking action really rather urgently before a child is stabbed or worse.

Who knows, without empirical evidence from a 5 year study, helmet wearing may actually reduce the incidence of bicycle theft...joking.

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boringbutton | 4 years ago
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Children failing exams - close down school. No more failed exams. 

Impeccable logic smiley

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hawkinspeter | 4 years ago
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maviczap | 4 years ago
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Really forward thinking here by the educators who've just taught these kids that it's not a good idea to bike to school, but get their parents to drop them off instead.

I hope they've taken into account to extra traffic outside the school.

My daughters academy have just closed one gate, so all the kids leave by the main road, and with the drop off and pick up, it's absolute pandemonium now. If the kids on bikes didn't ride to school it'd be carmagedon at the peak times

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ktache | 4 years ago
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I would have thought the use of a good quality lock may have been an intelligent suggestion.

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leaway2 | 4 years ago
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NCP (car parks) could advise all drivers not to bring cars into their car parks. No more theft. Happy days. Taking this further Marks and Spencer could close all the shops. No more shop lifting.

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jh27 replied to leaway2 | 4 years ago
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leaway2 wrote:

NCP (car parks) could advise all drivers not to bring cars into their car parks. No more theft. Happy days. Taking this further Marks and Spencer could close all the shops. No more shop lifting.

 

That's a point, they could just close the school.  Then they needn't worry about how kids get there or what they wear.

 

On a slightly more serious note... Schools are secure sites these days, so it shouldn't be possible for anyone to gain unauthorised access during the school day - so thefts from the school premises shouldn't be a major issue.  If we assume the advice to wear a helmet is related, perhaps the bikes are being stolen Fallowfield Loop style? - i.e. whilst they are being ridden.

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LastBoyScout | 4 years ago
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Absolutely ludicrous decision.

Would be a far better approach from the school to beef up the existing provision of secure bike parking, given their policy of encouraging cycling.

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rkemb | 4 years ago
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Perhaps... make bike parking available on-site, covered by CCTV, reasonably away from site access points to avoid anyone just nipping in and lifting a bike?

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jollygoodvelo | 4 years ago
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Why bring up the unrelated safety equipment angle

Because such notes are not researched and written by qualified and experienced transport and safety management professionals, they're written by the well meaning but ignorant admin staff at the school and these people's experience of cycling extends only to what they read in their favourite newspaper (/website) most recently.

It's quite possible that there is a provision in the school's liability insurance which states that any children cycling to school must wear helmets (in the same way as there is for many sportives), and this has filtered down into the rules that must be obeyed.

Twenty years ago we had a similar rule at my school.  We all ignored it.  We all died.

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giff77 replied to jollygoodvelo | 4 years ago
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jollygoodvelo wrote:
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Why bring up the unrelated safety equipment angle

Because such notes are not researched and written by qualified and experienced transport and safety management professionals, they're written by the well meaning but ignorant admin staff at the school and these people's experience of cycling extends only to what they read in their favourite newspaper (/website) most recently.

It's quite possible that there is a provision in the school's liability insurance which states that any children cycling to school must wear helmets (in the same way as there is for many sportives), and this has filtered down into the rules that must be obeyed.

Twenty year ago we had a similar rule at my school.  We all ignored it.  We all died.

I would imagine that the schools liability insurance only applies for anyone on the grounds during the times it is open. It’s interference on how you get there. The same schools aren’t as enthusiastic banning parents dropping their children off at the door. Can you imagine the uproar if they required drop offs be half a mile away. Maybe the helmet requirement is to secure your bike as demonstrated by GCN https://www.facebook.com/112665855555813/posts/1303903349765385?s=629674...

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workhard replied to jollygoodvelo | 4 years ago
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jollygoodvelo wrote:
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Why bring up the unrelated safety equipment angle

Because such notes are not researched and written by qualified and experienced transport and safety management professionals, they're written by the well meaning but ignorant admin staff at the school and these people's experience of cycling extends only to what they read in their favourite newspaper (/website) most recently.

It's quite possible that there is a provision in the school's liability insurance which states that any children cycling to school must wear helmets (in the same way as there is for many sportives), and this has filtered down into the rules that must be obeyed.

Twenty year ago we had a similar rule at my school.  We all ignored it.  We all died.

Thank you for coming back from the dead to warn us.

All the school where my wife teaches the staff car park is projected by gates and is entry-proof and thus theft-proof, to prevent the odd student from trashing their least favourite teachers' car I guess. The staff and student bike parking is, of course, completely insecure!

 

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