RSA Tips for Travelling to School by Cycling

  • Research shows that children under 12 do not have the skills and experience required to be safe in traffic on their own and should only cycle accompanied by an adult or responsible person. 
  • Parents should decide whether their child is fit to cycle on public roads.  When doing so they should be confident that their child possesses the appropriate skills and training. It is important that your child understands and is protected against potential hazards.
  • Children should e taught that a bicycle is a vehicle and must follow the same rules as other road users.  Impress on your children that traffic lights apply to cyclists too and that red means stop.
  • Cyclists are advised to use the cycle tracks/paths where provided. By law, cycle tracks must be used as part of a pedestrian street/area or as part of a contra flow cycle track.
  • Ensure the bicycle is a suitable size for your child and that he/she can comfortably apply the breaks.
  • Check that the bicycle’s brakes, lights, reflectors, tyres and bell are in good working order.
  • Make sure your child is highly visible and wears a reflective belt and bright colours. The higher the visibility, the lower the risk.
  • Protective headgear should be worn at all times.
  • For more information on safe cycling see